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Entries filed under 'bears'

    Bear Encounter from the 1920s (Not Recommended Today!)

    Here's a bear-encounter photo that prompts a double-take or OMG from nearly everyone who sees it. The year is 1923, and the place is Yellowstone National Park. The girl standing just a few feet from the black bear cub (and, amazingly, looking quite relaxed!) was Marguerite Hofer, the grandmother of REI art director Joel Ertsgaard who shared the photo with some of us in the office. Marguerite was on a family road trip and just 12 years old when this photo was taken. Details of the encounter are ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 10, 2011 7:05 PM & Tagged bears, national parks and yellowstone | permalink | Comments

    Caught in the Act: Fish Having Fun

    fileThe ranger staff at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the big island of Hawaii says this Smithsonian Institute photo a humpback whale and a dolphin interacting off the coast of Kauai is one of the most popular images it has ever posted on its website. It's easy to understand why. Read the photographer's story behind the photo. Did she capture 2 sea creatures just having some fun in the sun? It's certainly possible. I once saw a black bear sliding down a snowfield, spread-eagled, on a ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on December 3, 2010 2:50 PM & Tagged Hawaii, Kauai, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Smithsonian Institute, bears, dolphins and humpback whales | permalink | Comments

    Yes, Bears Have a Nose for Your Campground Food

    fileEvery spring, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo stages a graphic demonstration of what can happen to a sloppy, untended campsite. Their goal is to educate visitors on how we can live more harmoniously with bears. The hosts of the demo are the real thing: a pair of 850-pound grizzly bears looking for an easy meal. Check out the video (below) to see how long the cooler survives with the weight of a bear on it. The video, which shows a previous year’s demo, offers a good reminder to secure your food and ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 15, 2010 6:55 PM & Tagged bear canisters, bears, camping, food and zoo | permalink | Comments

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