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I had a professor in grad school who fervently believed in re-introducing the grizzly in SoCal. North American wolves have only predated on humans once since records have been kept= grizzlies may do more maulings, but black bears will EAT you!

Bison and moose??? Nothing behind those eyes but stupidity and downright meanness.

Woverines on the other hand..............
 

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I just saw a comedian who went to Yellowstone and saw a bison for the first time. He said that it just stood there like a 'bougie cow." LOL. Until then he had thought that bison were like unicorns.
I saw that comedian and now can't remember where. Was it on America's Got Talent?
 

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Not bison related, but where we used to live, there was a track that was a popular attraction. Our street was usually busy as it was the alternative to the main drag that had all the traffic lights. On race day, if I was out front working on something, tourists would stop and ask if I knew how to get to the track. My response - "Yes. First question is free, each additional question is $5."
 

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My father-in-law told me that the Caspar paper kept a running tally of bison-people "interactions" It was generally something like Bison 4, Tourists zero.
 
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Re: reintroducing grizzlies to California. We were offered grizzlies roughly 40 years ago. A number of groups led the fight against it. Leading the charge were environmental groups like Sierra Club. Why? It would endanger hikers.

Environmental groups only want changes that don't adversely effect them. Pretty much the definition of NYMBY.
 

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Really? I would have thought it the other way around.
Most fatal attacks are sub-adult male black bears.

Sows are not the most dangerous in black bears but are in grizzlies. Has to do with evolutionary pressures on them.

Polar bears are natural predators on man (and anything else they find!)
 

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So, in other words, yutes. Any idea why?



I'm guessing that it is still not a good idea to mess with black bear cubs when mama bear is around.
Black bears evolved in forests where there were trees. Natural selection favored those sows that sent cubs up trees over those that fought. I have stood 10 feet or so from a sow with three cubs (between her and one of them) and she was unconcerned.

Grizzlies evolved on the plains (yes, they were plains animals before man drove them into the high country). Natural selection favored those sows who vigorously defended their cubs. A grizzly merely wants to eliminate a threat. Usually, a few swipes of the paws will suffice (unless you fight back). Of course, meat's meat and if they think you are dead they will bury you for later.

Sub-adult male black bears are out looking food. Males have a "pecking order" and young males, full of themselves, get pushed around a lot. We tranked one 2-year-old that had two parallel cuts above his tail that were likely tooth marks and were about 4" long and 1" deep=likely from mom's new boyfriend.

In short, young males are bullied, hungry, and on the prod!
 
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