Look out, Canadians – probably something you’re quite used to according to the BBC are bears coming out of hibernation and looking for food, however, you may not want to sleep in the little bear’s bed and eat his porridge according to this BBC news article.

8 Responses to “Are you blonde and Canadian?”

  1. mumsey_onroad says:

    The blonde Canadian I’m related to would probably smack said bear over the head with a large stick (or poke it with a chip fork) if it came between her and her food.

    At choir last night one lady was complaining about the bears eating her strawberries. They don’t usually come into our yard until the apples are ripe. (You can tell when a bear is around because the deer leave.) You haven’t lived until you’ve got up in the morning an found a large pile of bear …. ‘traces’ … in the middle of the driveway.

    Which reminds me of a joke:

    A bulletin handed out at the entrance to Banff National Park:

    In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Parks Canada is advising hikers to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.

    “We advise hikers to wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. We also advise hikers to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.

    It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Hikers should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dropping:

    Black bear droppings are smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur.

    Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper.”

  2. taffyboy says:

    Ha! Nice. 🙂

  3. bronchitikat says:

    So much for Global Warming. The bears are getting up later cos of heavy winter snowfall. So I ‘specs they’re really hungry.

    Oh the amusement one can have when one has a whole ocean between oneself & these bears!

  4. asthmatickitten says:

    Aye, and she’s bloody lethal with a chipfork…

  5. mumsey_onroad says:

    One of my friends does ‘snow pack’ forecasting for BC Hydro (storing water for hydroelectric generation in snow packs being much cheaper than building new reservoirs to hold the liquid version) So … truth be known – the snow pack is only at 80% of the levels it’s been at historically, but the ‘bears coming out of hiberation’ variable is that we haven’t had the higher temperatures which normally melt it in the spring.

    (And yes … snow pack forecasting is all spreadsheets and variables and drawing conclusions from trends … so we have wonderful discussions on the ferry when we randomly meet up …)

  6. bronchitikat says:

    I’ll bet!

  7. bronchitikat says:

    Nice to see yr still around & commenting. People (like Grandparents) keep asking us how you are!

  8. taffyboy says:

    Heh, if “snow pack forecasting” is anything like avalanche forecasting, then yeah, statistics and WAGs (wild ass guesses).

    I remember an avalanche expert once describing the five avalanche categories to me as: Probably definately not, probably not, maybe, probably, probably definately yes.