By Kevin Van Tighem
Fear of bears turns out virtually to join what it truly is to be human. Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a international already populated via those nice carnivores. ahead of we mastered iron and later built firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears—only watchful warning and problematic ceremonies and sacrifices to thrust back fear.
Where human populations develop, bears have often faded or disappeared. but if we go back to the wild, to areas the place bears nonetheless live on, all our primeval fears wake up back. the danger of an motor vehicle twist of fate with a view to undergo nation some distance outstrips the chance of a close-range stumble upon with a undergo, yet its the undergo that concerns us as we hurtle down the pavement at 100 kilometres an hour.
In this well timed and delicate booklet, Kevin Van Tighem calls on many years of expertise, wisdom and realizing in an effort to enlighten readers approximately our dating with and angle towards bears. alongside the way in which we're faced with the realities confronting those nice animals due to our ever-expanding human inhabitants and their ever-shrinking traditional habitat. via ancient examine, box remark, useful suggestion, own anecdotes and an array of wonderful images, Van Tighem has written a accomplished booklet that's intended to demystify bears with a purpose to advertise a deeper figuring out of those strong but weak creatures.
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It was a groundbreaking effort in bear education that retains its impact nearly half a century later. All this effort paid off: during the twelve years from The genealogy of Pooh Alan A. Milne was a novelist, playwright and essayist who wrote frequently for the prestigious London-based magazine Punch. G. Wells, Milne was educated at Cambridge and in later years often expressed frustration that his reputation was based on his children’s stories and not his adult writing. Milne modelled the character of Christopher Robin on his own son, Christopher, who received his now-famous 37 stuffed bear for his first birthday, on August 21, 1921.
Other national parks, like Rocky Mountain, Glacier 45 and Kootenay, have mostly avoided the internal development conflicts that plague the older parks, but gateway communities just outside the parks, like Estes Park, West Glacier and Radium Hot Springs, sometimes put bears into conflict with humans. Land speculators see national parks as prime locations for development. Since the parks themselves are protected – with the exception of some of Canada’s mountain parks, where commercial interests like ski hills managed to get a toehold before the door slammed shut – most real estate development pressure is on ranches and farmland along the park boundaries.
Today’s small national park still has good bear habitat – just not as much as it needs. The most productive bear country lies outside the park boundary, where bears have to share the lush aspen thickets, spring-fed wetlands and green stream valleys with domestic cattle on neighbouring ranches. Fortunately, this landscape is close to protected bear populations in Montana and the bear-rich Flathead valley of BC. Besides, most area ranchers figured out long ago how to coexist with bears, and consequently the area has among the highest densities in the province of each species of bears.