Chompier than the average bear

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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 03:19 pm

A bear/man Yellowstone faceoff:

A man whose face was severely mauled by a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park is a photographer and author of books about grizzlies who also had been attacked in 1993.

The National Park Service said Jim Cole, 57, was hiking alone, off-trail in prime grizzly habitat Wednesday when he was attacked by a sow with a cub. He apparently was carrying pepper spray but whether he used it was unclear.

Of course, according to Australia’s 60 Minutes, this latest bear assault will simply be further evidence of global warming.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/26/2007 at 01:43 PM
    1. This sounds like one of those “sometimes bad things just have to happen” deals. You can take precautions and all that, but sometimes a bear is just gonna come up out of nowhere and get you.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 26 at 01:59 PM • permalink


    1. “…further evidence of global warming.”

      Well, it is, don’t you think? Bears only attack humans because humans are wrecking the world of nature. It’s also why sharks bite people who warm up their oceans. Also why dingoes eat babies in Australia, because babies pollute the dingo environment with those awful disposable nappies.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 05 26 at 02:11 PM • permalink


    1. I wonder if he’s a practitioner of the Timothy Treadwell school of human-bear interactions?  “Nice bear!  Good bear!  Ooh, I love you SO much, bear!  What’re you doing?  No – wait – you aren’t supposed to eat me!  I LOVE you!”

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 05 26 at 02:14 PM • permalink


    1. Seeing his picture, I can believe he was attacked by a bear. All he needs is a head tilt to indicate “come eat me.”  Anyhow, it’s spring, and bears have cubs with them in the spring, and mama bears aren’t really likely to be put off by pepper spray when being protective.

      For a guy who has photographed a lot of bears he certainly doesn’t seem to have been paying a lot of attention to their behaviors.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 05 26 at 02:26 PM • permalink


    1. The National Park System issued the following guidelines today on hiking in bear country:

      – There are two species of bear the hiker is likely to encounter in the United States.  The smaller species, the black bear, weighs a few hundred pounds and is usually black with a light-colored muzzle, although individuals ranging in color from brown to white may also be encountered.  The larger species, the grizzly or brown bear, may weigh upwards of a thousand pounds, and is generally a frosted or grizzled brown in color (again, individuals of other colors may be encountered).

      – Hikers in bear country are advised to carry pepper spray as a deterrent, and wear bear bells to alert the bears of their presence.  A warned bear is a safe bear.

      – If a hiker comes across bear scat, it’s simple to tell which species is in the area.  Black bear scat contains berry seeds and smells much like dog scat.  Grizzly scat contains little bells and smells like pepper.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 05 26 at 02:33 PM • permalink


    1. There’s an old adage that could be rearranged for this incident—something about bringing a knife to a gun fight.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 05 26 at 02:45 PM • permalink


    1. Having seen grizzlies in the wild—and from a safe distance!—I can only note that Jim Cole is one lucky bastard.  Especially since he disturbed a she-griz with cubs.  The only thing worse than that is to disturb a hungry she-griz with cubs.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 05 26 at 03:15 PM • permalink


    1. #5: LOL, Blue state!

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 26 at 04:47 PM • permalink


    1. “A sow with a cub”???

      Omigod folks, I think this may have been the first sighting of Manbearpig.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 05 26 at 06:55 PM • permalink


    1. Berman said the bear hit Cole twice on the head and face with its claws, and the park service said there weren’t any bite marks. That indicates the attack wasn’t predatory, but was rather a defensive or protective action by the mother bear.

      No, the sow was unhappy due the absence of McIlhenny’s


      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 05 26 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. Mother Gaia, she is a beech, no?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 05 26 at 07:19 PM • permalink


    1. Some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear . . .

      Posted by Harry Eagar on 2007 05 26 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. #8 paco –

      Sadly, the NPS failed to recommend that hikers use Protective And Camouflaging Outfits for protection.  It’s a terrible oversight.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 05 26 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. #3

      Timothy Treadwell, and his ladyfriend, both became Bear Kibble. I thought exactly the same thing. Not content to back off after the attack in 1993, he’s had another encounter.

      They just don’t learn, do they?

      And Timothy Treadwell was an expert on bears.


      Posted by kae on 2007 05 26 at 10:04 PM • permalink


    1. There isn’t much animal-wise in North America to be shit-scared of. Gators/crocs – probably. But grizzlies? Without a doubt. Anything that just gets more pissed when you hit it with a .357 Magnum is a certified badass.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 05 26 at 10:09 PM • permalink


    1. Well, pepper spray is one way to go; however, this is what I carry into grizzly country.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 26 at 10:29 PM • permalink


    1. Best get a clean heads shot, Paco, or you’re just going to make him mad.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 05 26 at 11:04 PM • permalink


    1. #17: That’s true, Dave. Wouldn’t want to just make him mad; it might ruin my whole day.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 26 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. This with something like this in terrain like this is how I’d prefer defending against a grizz.

      They’re big ol’ furry land sharks. You really dont want to play fair with them.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 26 at 11:43 PM • permalink


    1. Dave S.—Here in California, the cougars are rapidly forgetting they aren’t supposed to want to prey on humans…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 27 at 01:04 AM • permalink


    1. #20

      Cougars attack! More proof of AGW.

      Posted by kae on 2007 05 27 at 01:17 AM • permalink


    1. Lions, Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

      Dorothy was right all along.

      Posted by Carl H on 2007 05 27 at 01:28 AM • permalink


    1. Grimmy

      Fair when it comes to many bitey, stingy, stopy things comes down to
      I Rooted!!

      All very FAIR as you can see.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 05 27 at 03:58 AM • permalink


    1. tfm:

      That’s why I advocate the management method of long range shooting with lots of lead time for running away if things go sideways.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 27 at 04:06 AM • permalink


    1. Damn bears.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 05 27 at 06:07 AM • permalink


    1. – If a hiker comes across bear scat, it’s simple to tell which species is in the area.  Black bear scat contains berry seeds and smells much like dog scat.  Grizzly scat contains little bells and smells like pepper.

      And for the 21st century, NPS had to add that polar bear scat contains carbon offset receipts.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 05 27 at 09:25 AM • permalink


    1. Was his pickanick basket okay?

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 05 27 at 09:42 AM • permalink


    1. If you’re in grizzly country, paco, you might want to file the sights off that revolver.

      Something like this is what you need against grizzly.

      Posted by Larry on 2007 05 27 at 12:55 PM • permalink


    1. #28: Pffft. That stuff’s for pansies.

      Seriously, though, I do like the Marlin lever action rifles. I’ve got a 30/30, and Old Paco has a 32 Winchester cal. (I believe I read somewhere that the 32 Winchester rifle cartridge is now obsolescent). That 45 behind the link makes me drool.

      Posted by paco on 2007 05 27 at 04:02 PM • permalink


    1. If I can swing one, I prefer carrying this in bear country.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 05 27 at 04:02 PM • permalink


    1. The National Park Service outlaws carrying firearms on park grounds; they may have a few exceptions for Alaska.

      .44 mag pistol is the absolute minimum. Better is a 12 gauge with slugs or a .300 win mag rifle or 45/70 rifle.

      Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2007 05 27 at 05:06 PM • permalink


    1. When in bear country and you have to set up a position to survive the night, boxing your perimeter with some of these on a tripwire arraignment would go along way to ensuring a secure sleep.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 05 27 at 10:59 PM • permalink


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