It’s almost like an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon come to life — a horrifying cartoon tailor-made for this part of the world. Residents of Englee and Roddickton have been barricading their doors at night to keep black bears out of their homes. At least one bear has been wandering the Northern Peninsula town of Englee entering basements and trying to push doors open, perhaps hoping to get a shot at an open refrigerator.
Residents are terrified and those polled say they have never seen a situation like this.
An expert who wrote a book about bears and bear attacks said an absence of berries and other natural food sources could be the most likely reason why a bear would purposely enter a town, especially given that a bear’s natural inclination is to run from humans.
In researching the story, more than one local in that area said there are less berries this year because of the hot, dry summer they experienced.
This is the time of year that bears prepare to hibernate. They need a massive caloric intake or they’ll die during hibernation. Their instinct is to get food at any cost, so they venture into town.
It’s another example of how a declining environmental ecosystem is creating a dangerous situation.
Ask anyone over a certain age and they’ll tell you that the weather is different these days. Winters aren’t as harsh as they used to be and summers are much hotter. On one hand, it’s wonderful as everyone likes sunny days in the summer and shoveling less snow in winter. But putting up with the occasional bear in the backyard, more mosquito bites or less fish in our oceans is the price we’ll pay.
Just getting rid of a bear is not the real solution. We need to start taking seriously how our actions are affecting other species, and ultimately, us.
If we take away Yogi’s “pic-a-nic” basket let’s not be surprised if Yogi starts looking to raid ours.
Who knew a cartoon character created in 1958 could be so clairvoyant?