A girl at work insisted that "someone up there is feeding the bears." I didn't say much. I don't know anyone who is. She continued to spout her opinion that someone had to be, because the bears are accustomed to humans, in her words. She claimed that she was riding across the road on her horse and came upon a bear who just stood there looking at her. 'This was very bad," she said. 'He wasn't afraid', she said. She also claimed he was a great big bear. Everyone claims that the bear they see are huge. I don't know why. Usually, it's not even true.
First of all, a bear has very poor eyesight. Great sense of smell. He probably smelled the horse, didn't see the human on his back.
Second of all, feeding bears is just plain stupid. I don't know of anyone that stupid up here.
Third of all, she didn't know anything for a fact, and I was not going to start conjecturing about something that was based on her flimsy suspicions.
She said, "Surely you are having problems with them too."
"No," I said. "We've got one small one that came around three times in one day, and a couple days before that. We see them around, but we don't have any problems with them."
"You don't have any problems with them."
I continued working. Finally she said, "Well who do you think it is?"
It was starting to get annoying. I am not going to stand around and start naming names. Especially since I'm not seeing any evidence of a major problem. I told her that I did not have a clue who was feeding the bears, or even IF anyone was feeding the bears, and I sure was not going to start accusing anyone of feeding the bears.
I was talking to Tim tonight. I found myself beginning to wonder: was she implying that we fed bears?