Compassionate Conservation at Yellowstone Park?

Cecils Pride

Where is the boundary between ‘human’ safe territory and the wild, roaming spaces for the animal kingdom to inhabit and enjoy?

This past week we had the news(1) of Blaze, a 20 year old sow grizzly bear in Yellowstone Park. She is no-longer with us. Her cubs have reportedly been taken off to live out the rest of their natural lives in a zoo, under the stewardship of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As of 13 August 2015, the cubs’ final destination is unknown. There is a petition for the cubs to be rehabilitated instead – Care 2 Petition

Lance Crosby, a 63 year old hiker died as a result of injuries sustained in a bear attack at Yellowstone. Blaze stood trial (in her absence) and was summarily found guilty of Lance’s murder, DNA evidence conclusively linking Blaze to the hiker’s regrettable death. Why Blaze attacked Lance…

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8 thoughts on “Compassionate Conservation at Yellowstone Park?

  1. We hear that Blaze partially consumed the hiker and that once bears do that they will attack and do it again. Is that part of the “science” Fish and Wildlife refers to? Can they give us statistics that what Blaze did is addictive? How many bears that have killed someone have been monitored so their future kills and dinners could be documented? Since attacking a human being is almost always a death warrant for bears, there are no such studies, which relegates the whole idea to the status of an old wives’ tale.

    Why did Blaze attack and kill the hiker? Because she had cubs and feared for them? Because the hiker was off trail, alone? Because he was irresponsible? Or because she was a wild animal and she listened to some voice we’ll never hear? Because as a wild animal she did not play by our rules? Because she did not realize she had to “keep her record” clean?

    Blaze owed us no explanation. She was a bear and she did the kind of thing bears sometimes do. And the men in the park did the kind of thing that people do–put a captive bolt in her head.

    • Couldn’t agree more – Hikers should follow advice (which should be mandatory), travel in groups, carry bear spray etc. Blaze was just being a bear in ‘her own habitat,’ her cubs by her side under Blaze’s motherly protection. Blaze’s ‘removal’ does not change any balance of risk in future ‘conflict’ between mankind and bears in Yellowstone Park. Blaze was not ‘removed’ based on any recognisable science. Based on ‘excuses,’ Blaze was killed in ‘revenge’ by her so-called ‘protectors,’ pure and simple. What hope does this give for other bears in Yellowstone’s protection under similar circumstances? The emphasis should be on humans to follow mandatory rules for their own protection and the protection of wildlife at Yellowstone. In case it’s unclear to anyone, the wildlife doesn’t comprehend the ‘written rules/boundaries’ set by humans!

  2. Yes, the fact that people are shocked that a bear wouldn’t look at a human and realize humans are favored by God above all other life – no matter how much they impinge upon and abuse bears and other wildlife. The fact that this man could go out for a jog alone without protection or bear spray as if he were stepping out the door in suburbia (you can’t do that in suburbia either). Just imagine the arrogance, or the mindlessness. I’m sure I’ll hear it for not having any sympathy (what do I care) – but I’m sick of human behavior. The fact that the media was calling him an experienced hiker – so what and how does that protect him from an angry bear, especially if he was alone? I’m disgusted with the management at Yellowstone, I don’t know if they are getting their orders from Jewell or what. 😦 I don’t know if I can visit Yellowstone ever again, I can’t tolerate the mindset of the clientele. Dumb.

    • Is pisses me off to no end that these _______’s are saying that a bear normally will not consume a human (the God complex again). Of course they will if the situation is right, such as their regular food supply dwindling, or preparing for winter hibernation. We’d probably poison them anyway – just the smell of cheap perfume should make a bear gag. We’re not all that.

    • The park management wants to keep the visitors coming. I’m guessing that by executing Blaze they sought to reassure future hikers that they would be safe, that no harm by bears would be tolerated. As far as I know, they haven’t been punishing irate bison who charge at human pests, like the guy one bison sent flying into a tree.

      • Yes, I’m cringing that it has become a matter of money, and that the Park is turning into a glorified zoo, amusement park. It was becoming that way somewhat when I was there before. I can only imagine what it is like now.

        I was aghast when I read comments after Blaze’s killing that interpret “setting aside the area as a pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” to mean visitors do whatevery they want and can trash the place! No respect for nuthin’ nowadays. 😦

        I love the bison, I’m so glad I saw them.

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