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"In the interests of safety they didn't come out to work -- the people are scared by the invasion of bears," the spokesman said.

A bear killed two geologists at the worksite on July 18, officials said.

The one and only Soviet horror-adventure-action film I saw (and it was a good one) was about a hunt for a man-eating bear in Siberia. (Featuring: endless forests, endless tundra, endless swamps.) Where the final twist was that the man-eating bear was so hard to track because it was two man-eating bears.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jul 26th, 2008 at 03:35:34 PM EST
They're only eating humans because they don't have enough fish, probably because of global warming.  I would probably be eaten alive by a bear if I were to encounter one.  Because I don't think they are scary at all.  I think they're cute, precious.  Even the big ones.  I think I could befriend a bear.  

I really hate it when they put them on a leash and make them dance for money.  Have they outlawed that yet?  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Mon Jul 28th, 2008 at 11:49:47 AM EST
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That's usually called journalism.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jul 28th, 2008 at 12:47:45 PM EST
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Being eaten alive by a bear would be no fun. They look cute and cuddly, but they are very scary, even the black bears. I'd rather be eaten by a grizzly, because you'd be dead much quicker. I am a little afraid of bears, and so are most people who work in the bush. Think of them as curious, short sighted tigers who startle easily, are always hungry, and are not really afraid of anything. Non-stripy,  humpy tigers, who not very graceful, but can  run much faster than you.
by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Tue Jul 29th, 2008 at 03:38:47 AM EST
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I'm surprised bears don't kill more people than they do: when we were in the Rockies for a week a few years ago (actually, lots of years ago, yikes!) I saw at least three instances of people doing things so stupid that I'm surprised they survived - like approaching the bear cub by the side of the road so they could take pictures of their kid with it  (where's Mommy Bear???) or chasing a black bear around with a video camera at short range. At least I had a 500mm and was pretty far away.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 29th, 2008 at 03:45:54 AM EST
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Met a geologist who was part of an anual research project mapping the rocks of some parts of Canada. One of their crew had woken one morning to find a Bear chewing on his Legs through his sleeping bag

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 29th, 2008 at 03:58:49 AM EST
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