Another attack by wildlife this year. We have heard of moose attacking people, bears and cougars. We are invading their territory, what do we expect really. The moose had a very hard winter as the snow was so deep they could not escape predators easily and it was hard going through the snow. We had 14 1/2 feet, although by spring it had packed down considerably.
Last year the Saskatoon or Service berries were few and the bears need these to keep them going until the big feed of salmon in the fall, preparatory to hibernating. On top of that the salmon were late running because it did not rain and fill the rivers ready to receive the spawning fish. This year we have had so much rain that the berries, although promising in spring to be a great harvest, are late in ripening. All this makes for short tempered bears.
Our mother bear and two cubs are still around. We saw a baby bear half way up a telephone pole yesterday by the side of the highway. The other one and its mother just looked at us and kept on feeding on the fresh grass. We also saw a baby coyote playing with a grasshopper, it was not concerned as we drove by. Where its parents and siblings were I could not see, further on we stopped to check out the beaver dam as we went by but although there is quite a little lake there now there seemed to be little activity so maybe it moved on.
We are seeing the occasional moose coming into his antlers now but most of them have moved up into higher country and they will clear the area completely when the hunters come. They have the hunting season dates firmly set in their genetic code, I think, it is amazing that open season comes and not a moose for miles.
Mountain biker killed in bear attack
Bear shot near body of woman on Panorama Ski Resort trail
Last Updated: Monday, July 23, 2007 | 8:35 AM PT
Conservation officers believe a woman found dead on Sunday on a ski hill in eastern British Columbia, Canada was killed by a bear.
The RCMP shot a black bear found next to the 34-year-old woman's body on a trail near the Panorama Ski Resort close to the Alberta-B.C. boundary.
The mountain biker was reported missing on Saturday night.
Also Sunday, two cyclists escaped with minor injuries after being charged by a grizzly bear protecting her cubs in Banff National Park.
The riders noticed the cubs on the trail near Lake Minnewanka, but before they could react, the mother bear gave chase, but didn't make contact with the cyclists.
Banff National Park staff have closed down the trail.
Banff conservation officer Dave Hanna said there haven't been many problems with bears this year because the berries haven't come out yet.