I was talking to my youngest son yesterday. I saw him pop up on Messenger so I called right away because he works away from home so often and doesn’t take his cell phone so I don’t often get the opportunity to talk to him and although he is faithful to call at Christmas, my birthday and Mother’s Day he forgets in between. So after reminding him that he is my youngest son and I am not likely to have another one and I like to hear his voice once in a while we got to talking about other things.
One part of the conversation turned to how it was up here
“Do you get out much Mum?”, he said
“Not much, apart from the bears and bugs there is not much to do or see here”, I said
“Don’t you go for walks around there?” he asked
“No, I am afraid of the bears and we have a lot”, I replied
“Come on Mum, how many bears have killed people there this year so far?”, he said
“None”, I replied
“And how many people have been murdered?”, he asked
“One”, I said
“There you go, your more likely to get murdered there than attacked by a bear”, he shot back.
How can you argue with that logic?
It is a fact that bears don’t usually attack humans, and that I have developed somewhat of a phobia after the almost break in a couple of years ago. On the other hand we have a mother bear and two cubs hanging about on the corner, about a 100 ft away and I would have to walk past it to go to the village. I am always concerned that I may inadvertently get between her and her cubs. A couple of years ago a mother bear, probably the same one, went for a man chopping wood nearby. Also the bears have got used to the people in the village and some people are careless with their garbage or have bird feeders, bears like the seed, and it is common to see bears sniffing around. Most garbage cans get teeth marks on them, ours has and it is hidden away in the car port but a bear got to it. I used to freeze my garbage and put it out on garbage day but when I was told by the wildlife ranger that bears can smell right through freezers I thought it a waste of time to do so. I have two freezers in the carport.
Currently there is a rumour of one grizzly hanging about but he is probably just passing through his territory, they don’t often come into where humans live. Last fall on the Lake Babine Nation’s reservation they pulled in a large salmon harvest from the lake and they had to contend with nine grizzly bears hanging around.
So I don’t think I am going walking today even though I am more likely to get murdered than attacked. No thanks.