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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Alaska Facts No. 1

Nature John's Alaska Facts: there are two types of bears in Alaska, the grizzly and the black bear. The grizzly is far more ferocious, and has been known to hunt people. Nasty. It has a brown pelt, and you can't outrun one. Fortunately, grizzly bears can't climb trees. The black bear (which can climb trees) is usually black but during certain seasons goes through a cinnamon phase where it has the same color pelt as a grizzly. There is an easy way to tell them apart if you see one and are unsure:
  1. Smack the bear on the ass as hard as you can.
  2. Quickly climb a nearby tree.
If the bear climbs up and eats you, it is a black bear. If the bear knocks over the tree and eats you, it is a grizzly. You can thank me later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't the kodiak bear live in Alaska too? I've heard that when you meet one you should just pray.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Woofwoof said...

And then there are the bears outside Skinny Dick's Bar. Maybe they are "bare".

8:19 PM  
Blogger John said...

Kodiak=Grizzly=Brown Bear (more or less) The Kodiak live in such a food-rich environment that they grow to huge (world record) size. Bears will be bare? :)

8:06 PM  
Blogger JohnCub said...

I'm hoping you do know that grizzly bears can climb trees. They just do it less frequently than the black bears.

I didn't want you to be stuck up in a tree with a bear behind you and all the while you might have been thinking it wasn't a grizzly. It's good to knwow your predator.

12:33 PM  

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