So there’s been a bear roaming around our neighborhood lately. It’s been messing around with the neighbors’ bird feeders and instigating havoc at Peter Pratt’s, a favorite local restaurant, by demolishing its locally grown honey setup. Although nobody saw it for weeks, one of the restaurant’s workers finally spotted the bear hugging a tree as it was stalking the delicious honey. How stereotypical. Very prudently, the neighborhood association sent out some emails with informative links about what to do if you should ever encounter a bear. The first two lines of the bear encounter guidelines read as follows:
•If a bear approaches you, remain calm.
•ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RUN (Running may elicit a chase response in the bear).