Monday, July 5, 2010
Wind Bag kinda day
All of our plans for tomorrow have changed. We're still heading up to the Centennial Valley. But we're not going to be hiking. We're going to stay far out in the meadowlands to avoid any confrontation(s) with a grizzly bear. It's is now widely known that the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game (IDFG) is going to begin baiting and trapping the grizzly bears in the Centennial Mountains. They use road kill elk and moose to bait the bears. Grizzly's are said to have a sense of smell 300 times more sensitive than a dog's. We've visited one website today that purports a grizzly's sense of smell to be 100,000 times more sensitive than a human's. Whatever the ratio, it's vast. Those big puppies have a sniffer that won't quit. Anyway, we don't want to go remotely near where we might run into one of them. We say, "Give Bears their MySpace!" Luckily, our hosts for tomorrow's outing are very flexible and they've decided instead to show us their ranch and just generally have pleasant, relaxing day. Since they are running a good size cattle operation, it's going to be quite educational. We're looking forward to their company. Meanwhile, none of us will have to deal with the idea of coming eye-to-eye with a grizzly bear awakening from Fish & Game's version of Bear Prozac.
You may think we're getting a little OCD about bears but if you lived here I doubt you would have that impression. Bears rule much of the choicest backcountry and their danger there is real and ever present. Those who fail to understand or heed this reality easily can pay a high price indeed.
Posted by John Parsons at 8:50 PM