What is that?

My wife, Tiffany, went hiking in South Carolina today. She and her friend got to see a black bear with a cub that crossed their trail about thirty feet ahead of them. They head the monster way before they saw it as it clambored down the hill. A bear is one thing that I have never seen in the wild.

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Posted by John Wilkins on July 15, 2004 1:48 AM

I saw one in a garden once. Does that count?

Posted by tiffany on July 15, 2004 3:30 PM

Maybe you can go hiking with me next time, sweetie. Just don’t think you can share the tree I’ll be cowering behind if we see bears again.

Posted by Carl Buell on July 15, 2004 6:15 PM

Monster? The hundreds of Black Bears I’ve been up close and personal with have been lovely, benign, and amazingly forgiving creatures. Even females with cubs. Granted, they can be dangerous, especially if you insist on doing something stupid, but given a little respect and space, you’re in little danger. 30 people were killed by Black Bears in the 20th Century. 11 of those in Algonquin Provicial Park in Ontario, Canada, (4 in one afternoon by the same animal) where some male bears actually became predatory. Grizzlies are different critters; much MORE respect and space is needed.

Posted by Martha Ridgway on July 16, 2004 3:43 PM

Your mother has seen plenty of black bears traveling from Georgia to Tennessee through the Great Smoky Mountians. It’s a shame you weren’t born sooner.

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on July 16, 2004 4:54 PM

Oh crap, my mother reads this blog. I guess I need to watch my damn mouth from now on.

Posted by Martha on July 17, 2004 4:30 PM

Reed, using language like that shows lack of knowledge as to other ways to express yourself. I thought your dad’s money bought you a fulled education than you expressed. (even though I know you are teasing)
Also, You were probably in the car when we passed a few of those black bears…. playing with your toys.


Posted by Reed on July 19, 2004 7:07 AM

I bet you have to say that to all your second graders.

Posted by Martha on July 19, 2004 7:41 PM