Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Officials from New Mexico's Department of Game and Fish have set a trap for a bear that bit a 13-year-old boy camping at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton on Sunday.

The boy heard something brush against his tent about 2:20 a.m. and slapped the side, thinking a relative was playing a trick. He apparently slapped the bear, which bit his hand and ran away, parks officials said.

The teen wasn't seriously hurt. He was camping at the Soda Pocket Campground.

The boy told authorities he had no food in his tent, but officials didn't say whether he was wearing the same clothes he'd worn while eating earlier.

Acorns and berries that bears eat are not yet at their peak, and drier weather has caused bears to search harder for food, officials said.


Teleken said...

The new bear defense= poke em in the eye while saying "wise guy eh? Nyuck Nyuck."

Glad he only received bites on his hand.

Dave Philipps said...

Pointing at thier chest so they look down, then snapping your finger up across their snout also works well.

Stephen Colbert said...

I've had enough of this blog's pro-bear agenda. These bears are godless killing machines out to bite our kids and steal our picnic baskets. The bear-huggers at New Mexico's Game Department will probably just trap him and relocate him somewhere else. Kudos for this brave young lad for taking business into his own hands. That's why he's our Alpha Dog of the Week.

Anonymous said...

And speaking of wild things... how about the sturgeon who knocked the woman cold?

Dena Rosenberry said...

From discoverfishing.net:

This recent injury of a woman by a leaping sturgeon is just the latest case of people being injured by jumping sturgeon on the Suwannee River.

Tara Spears was knocked out cold by a sturgeon while boating the Suwannee River in florida, just north of Rock Bluff. She was taken to the hospital and received treatment for non life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Tara was lucky! Earlier in the year another woman riding a personal water craft was also hit by a leaping sturgeon while riding a personal watercraft. The 50 year old St Petersburg woman was severely injured. She suffered broken bones, a ruptured spleen and had to have three of her fingers reattached! She made a full recovery, but suffered the loss of a tooth and a pinkie finger.

Leapin' sturgeonfish, Batman!