Wednesday, July 28, 2010
HELENA, Mont. -- At least one bear rampaged through a campground near Yellowstone National Park before dawn Wednesday, killing one person and injuring two others before campers sought shelter in their cars, wildlife officials said.
Tents were smashed in the 4 a.m. attack that left a male dead at the Soda Butte campground. A female suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, while another male was bitten on his calf and taken to a hospital in Cody, Wyo.
Wildlife officials did not release the identities or ages of the victims. A response team was being sent to piece together what happened.
I have never, not for even one moment of my adult life, understood why grownups go to play around bears.
Back when the gang I hung with went camping in Pennsylvania every chance we got, not a one was without at least a large bore handgun, as the blackies can get near on 700 pounds or more, so that meant .44 magnum minimum as the side arm, and a slug-fed 12 gauge or .30-ought-six for the long arm. Even the Hogtown Irregulars, woodcrafty as all get out, wouldn't dream of intruding on bruins without the proper bang stick.
Somewhere, Charles Darwin is nodding.