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The link to this article popped up on the daily morning update I get from the American Dental Association today!
I'm just waiting, since I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of time until I see the unintended side effects from an attempt gone wrong, until someone walks into my office with their 6 or 7yr old crying and a bunch of blood coming out of their mouth!!
Unfortunately, more tragic than weird. A grizzly bear killed a mountain biker in MT yesterday. The victim was law enforcement officer for US Forest Service. I wonder if he had a weapon or repellent spray of any kind?
Link to story: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/30/sheriff-grizzly-kills-person-near-glacier-national-park.html
Saw this..what these a-holes, on their bikes..did was they totally blew-off the consequences of sneeking up on a bear, by not making enough noise to make the bear aware...so now they're gonna hunt the bear down are shoot it. MAJOR fail on the officer's part. Recreational behavior in bear country 101...
I think I've told this story here before, so stop reading if I did. When I was working a bird research project in Arizona (Apache Sitgreaves NF) last century, a couple of us were talking to a Ranger about local bears, most of whom were well known, personally, to the Rangers. One, in particular, is a known asshole (he charged me twice, the bastard). Anyway, he told us about a guy they had working with them for a while who was a bear specialist, specifically at capturing "nuisance" bears and relocating them. He had a phenomenal success rate, and actually transferred around, and was called in for cases. Unfortunately, the local PETA patrol found out what his methods were, and put an end to his success. Basically, he would capture the bear, take it out into the woods where they were relocating it, tie it to a tree, and beat the snot out of it. Not to cause damage, nothing lasting or anything, but enough to re-instill a healthy fear of humans in the bear. Because that's what causes a nuisance bear to be a nuisance- people leave food, garbage, whatever out, bears find it, like the snacks, and decide these squishy pink things aren't so bad, and forget they're supposed to be scared of us.
Since the guy got canned for being inhumane, now they just shoot the bears. Because that's better.
Don't forget wind turbines kill birds.https://weather.com/science/news/solar-plants-birds-20140818
I like to joke about Solar Panels causing global warming but this is crazy.