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posted by evilmaryellen (12 comments total)
Hmm. Could it be that the animals have decided it's time to fight back?
posted by ab'd al'Hazred at 8:53 AM on July 18, 2000

Either that or the line at MickyD's was too long.
posted by Mick at 9:00 AM on July 18, 2000

I'm sorry, but I just have this whole Yogi Bear thing going through my head :"Hey BooBoo! that guy, he looks just like a picanic basket!"
posted by tj at 9:55 AM on July 18, 2000

The bear may have been protesting the treatment of his comrades in China.
posted by Mocata at 10:40 AM on July 18, 2000

One of my high school teachers once said: "Only knuckleheads get eaten by bears". Leave the wild animals alone and you won't end up as a snack.I wonder if the bear thought "Hey, this tastes like chicken!!!"
posted by Mr. skullhead at 11:14 AM on July 18, 2000

Human McNuggets with dipping sauces. Yummy-yum-yum!
posted by Mick at 11:31 AM on July 18, 2000

Of course not, human flesh tastes like pork.
posted by harmful at 11:51 AM on July 18, 2000

That's right, harmful!...wait a second, how did you know that?!?
posted by deckard at 12:39 PM on July 18, 2000

Life imitates The Onion...
posted by holgate at 2:19 PM on July 18, 2000

It's a human being you are talking about, with a family and friends. Like you. Don't you think you are treating his death a little bit flippantly?
posted by ericost at 3:11 PM on July 18, 2000

Ericost: Uh, yeah. Flippant. What's your point?

Back on topic (for once) It's something I heard a month or so back on All Things Considered I think. It was about Yellowstone National Park ..Maybe this was it though I recall hearing it more recently than December. Anyway. They were talking about how they've been fighting for years to protect some of the predators in the area. Particularly the wolves. They've been successful. So now there's these wolves going around even during the winter and killing prey, then they eat some of it and move on. Well, either the wolves have late night parties or it's just the smell of the dead animals or maybe it's just the fact that bears now have a bit more of a diet to choose from than just berries... Protecting the ecosystem as we are doing is dramatically changing it. The bears don't hibernate for four to five months out of the year anymore. Some of them appear not to hibernate at all. They don't have to. Hibernation was just the bear's way of surviving through tough times when they didn't have enough food to give them the energy to actively survive in cold winter.

And they were getting bolder, bit by bit. Year after year. These kinds of reports are increasing in number. Bears are believed to be gentle creatures but that opinion is quickly gonna change.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:19 PM on July 18, 2000

Besides, when we kill a bear sipping some water from a lakeside and pose it so it looks like it was about to tear the hunter in half, that's pretty flip too, if you ask me.

And Zach: the changes took place when we wiped out the original ecosystem. Our attempts to revive it are flawed, I agree. But other than just staying the hell out of there and letting nature be nature (something I support at this point) there really isn't another option.
posted by Ezrael at 7:04 PM on July 18, 2000

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