Oh, Baaaaad Way to Die

Yesterday, an 11-year-old boy camping with his family was dragged from his tent and mauled to death by a black bear in Utah.  The bear literally tore the tent open to get at the kid, and dragged the screaming child away into the woods.  Folks, being eaten has GOT to be the worst way to go (right up there with multiple stabbing).   What a horrible tragedy for this poor family—and for such a thing to happen on Father’s Day!  So first things first: If you pray, please send a few up for this child and his family.  Can you imagine dealing with such a terrible thing?  I can’t.

This kind of occurrence is very unusual, because black bears are normally not aggressive towards humans.  When you’re in bear country, a responsible camper/hiker normally only has to really worry about stumbling across a bear’s kill or (oh, and this is the worst by far) a momma bear’s cubs.  But this event was the culmination of a series of increasingly close encounters between humans and black bears in the area.  The bear that killed the child had been prowling around nearby campsites in the days preceding the fatal attack, and showed no fear when biologists set off firecrackers to scare it away.  This is not natural behavior.

On these facts, I’m willing to bet that this animal—and probably others in the area—are acting the way they are because humans have been feeding them or doing other things to erode the bears’ natural fear of humans.  Feeding wild bears is the dumbest, most dangerous thing one can possibly do besides sneaking up on a bear and swatting it on the ass, or playing around with the cute cubbies.  Every thoughtless idiot traipsing around in the woods who feeds bears makes it more likely that somewhere down the line, a person will get attacked and the bear will be destroyed for simply being what it is: a mighty carnivore in the wild.  Nobody wins.  In this case, a little child lost his life in a horribly violent, terrifying, and painful way.  I could be wrong, but I’m betting that once again, humans created the situation and in effect killed this innocent child. 

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~ by lewdandlascivious on June 18, 2007.

4 Responses to “Oh, Baaaaad Way to Die”

  1. That is so sad. I can’t even imagine how horrible that would have been – for the boy and the family. We went camping last month (not in Utah thankfully!) and I have an 11 year old son. I don’t know what I would have done if that had been us. I already said a prayer for that family. How heartbreaking.

  2. I read about it yesterday. It isn’t that uncommon for black bears to attack children. They simply see children as prey and small enough to handle.

    It’s hard to even think about what that family is going through.

    On another note:

    …besides sneaking up on a bear and swatting it on the ass…

    That just sounded funny.

  3. It did. I’m adding it to Tammi’s comments section. 🙂

  4. what’s funny?

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