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A Different Kind of Product Tester

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT is about the only place where it’s fun to watch grizzly bears. Here, we learn that they also serve as product testers.

From the Lewis and Clark journals:

On May 5, William Clark and George Droulliard killed an enormous grizzly bear, with some effort. Clark described it as a “verry large and a turrible looking animal, which we found verry hard to kill we Shot ten Balls into him before we killed him, & 5 of those Balls through his lights.” Lewis estimated the weight of the bear at 500-600 pounds, about twice the size of the average black bear. He noted that after the bear was shot, “he swam more than half the distance across the river to a sandbar & it was at least twenty minutes before he died; he did not attempt to attack, but fled and made the most tremendous roaring from the moment he was shot.” Once the bear finally died, they butchered it for meat and its thick furry skin. Sobered by the size and ferocity of the bear, Lewis wrote, “I find that the curiossity of our party is pretty well satisfyed with rispect to this anamal.”
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Upper Missouri River Breaks

We’ve been quite busy over the last month, hence the cessation of anything resembling regular posting of anything at this blog. The photos below are from our latest adventure floating the Upper Missouri River Breaks, something that we’ve been looking forward to all summer and that can now be highly recommended.

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Meals on Wheels in British Columbia

Here’s one bear that is apparently quite hungry after hibernating all winter and, perhaps, awaking a little earlier than usual due to a warm winter in British Columbia (hat tip AJ).

I wouldn’t be surprised if this was photoshopped as the cyclist appears to be under-dressed and it seems pretty cold still for a bear to come out of hibernation and already be this active.

Nonetheless, an interesting image and a good reminder that bears can run pretty fast.

Back in a Few…

We’re all done with travel for the year after trips to the West and to the South over the last month or so, but extending this break here at the blog seemed like a good thing to do amid all the market upheaval of late (I think crude oil will soon cost $8 a barrel again).

Back in a Few…

We are off to the Crazy Mountains for the next few days…

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