29 Jul '11, 9pm

Green: Projecting Our Nature Onto Ravenous Bears

Associated Press A bear crossing the road with her three cubs in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Park managers in the United States and Canada have responded to a recent wave of encounters between bears and people with new rules -– for the human side of the equation, anyway. Bears will still be allowed to be bears, but in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, managers clarified rules this week about how close visitors can “willfully approach” the animals for, say, a photograph: 100 yards. And in Canada’s Banff National Park, a popular hiking trail now has even an even more rigid code of human behavior, with a requirement that all hiking parties must include at least four people — one of whom, at a minimum, must be armed with bear spray for defense. In writing this week about the bears of summer, I was reminded all over again how much people anthropomorphize — project...

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