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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:44 AM
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......Spare the Bear
Spoil the Picnicking, but Spare the Bear
When a cub got friendly with outdoor diners, forest officials closed the grounds instead of shooting the animal with darts or bullets. So far, so good.

<snipThe little black bear showed up at the shady Switzer Picnic Area in the Angeles National Forest two weeks ago, and immediately started looking for friends.

When families sat down for barbecues at the picnic tables, the 18-month-old cub would lumber toward them, sniffing for food.

It helped itself to pieces of hamburgers and potato chips left behind on tables and rummaged around in the trash bin. It stared, seemingly amused, at people who tried to scare it off with shouts.

"This one bear was getting, oh, very friendly with people," said Marty Dumpis, acting district ranger for the area, who refused to give the male cub a name for fear of only increasing its popularity with visitors. "When they get to that point, they're losing fear of people."

<snip>

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bears28jul28,0,...



Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear
Yogi Bear is always in the Ranger's hair
At a picnic table you will find him there
Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear
He will sleep till noon but before it's dark
He'll have every picnic basket left in Jellystone Park
Yogi has it better then a millionaire
That's because he's smarter than the average bear
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:45 AM
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1. Thing is Bears are very much like dogs
IN the body of bigfoot. Basically a dog that could tear your head off by accident, even though it wouldn't mean to...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:47 AM
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2. I think the goal of rangers in the Angeles
is keeping people out of the Angeles.

Between the "Forest Adventure Pass" and having 4/5 of the roads closed, I think they honestly would be happier if they didn't have to deal with people at all.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:50 AM
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3. Awwww ....
I love a good bear story.
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