Bear News Beartown News

February 1, 2007




ANCHORAGE, Alaska   By all accounts, the little black bear spotted near Juneau should be snug in its den, curled up beside its mother and sleeping away the harsh Alaska winter.
Instead, the orphaned cub on Douglas Island is wide awake and scrounging for anything to eat dog food, bird seed, dead crows.
"He is just a little black fuzzball," said Brenda Greenbank, who's seen the cub and estimates him to be 25 pounds the size of a small dog. "I just can't see him surviving without a mother to protect him."
Now humans have stepped in where Mother Nature has failed. A live trap was set Thursday at the beachfront home owned by Greenbank and Gary Rosenberger to try and catch the fuzzball.
The plan is to move the cub to a remote location off the island where it will be introduced to a denning box made of wood and filled with a straw bed.
Grant Hilderbrandt, a regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said if the cub isn't captured, his chances of surviving are poor.
"It's a hard life out there," he said.
The trap was set at Greenbank's home because the bear scored a few meals there. Rosenberger saw the cub for the first time a couple of days before Christmas after returning with deer from a hunting trip.
"He went out to the garage and thought he saw a dog carrying away a front quarter. He followed it a bit and realized it was a tiny bear," Greenbank said.
The next time Rosenberger had a close encounter with the bear was when he was putting meat scraps for gulls and eagles in a tin atop the wood pile.
"The wood pile is just outside the front door. When he reached out to put another handful in there, he just about touched that guy because he had his face buried in that pan," Greenbank said. "The little guy had crawled up on the wood pile and helped himself."
Black bears in southeast Alaska normally go into hibernation in late October or early November, with pregnant sows typically going in first.
No one really knows for sure what triggers the need to hibernate, but it probably has to do with the weather getting colder and food scarcer,
Hilderbrandt said.
The orphan probably wasn't in good shape going into the winter because it was without its mother, Hilderbrandt said. That could be one reason why it isn't hibernating.
To lure the cub into the trap, apples and cinnamon are being used,
said Neil Barten, area wildlife management biologist on Douglas Island.
"Basically, it smells like Thanksgiving," Barten said.

Government True-isms

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress....
But then I repeat myself.
-Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself
into prosperity is like a man standing in a
bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-George Bernard Shaw

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man ....which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
-G Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown Univ

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it
stops moving, subsidize it.
-Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-Will Rogers



Take the chewin tobacco out of your mouth
The best skunk bait's from a Red Man pouch
Put it in your hand and roll it up tight
Take it to the road in the middle of the night
Just hide in the bushes cause it won't be long
You'll smell a powerful odor and I mean strong
Look down the road cause here comes a car
And it will mash that skunk right into the tar
One steamed skunk will be all you need
Unless ya got a whole bunch of youngins to feed
Cut him into pieces and put him on the skewer
Alternate with onions and dried steer manure
You Out-of-state people eat and have fun
But Wesr Virginia folks ain't really that dumb

From Gourmet style Road Kill Cooking by Jeff Eberbaugh

More Government True-isms

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
-P.J. O'Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the
citizens to give to the other.
-Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
-Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other.
-Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing
of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
-Winston Churchill

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-Mark Twain

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

There is no distinctly native American criminal Congress.
-Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-Thomas Jeffers


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