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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bears are more trustworthy than humans

I'm taking a break from today's planned post because I'm angry. I've had several malicious acts against me this summer and another one today. I'm afraid that my visibility on this blog might be part of the problem but I can't be certain... it could be pure coincidence. However, these events have me left me pondering the evil side of human nature.

Believe me, I know that the overwhelming majority of my readers are good-hearted, generous, and trustworthy so please don't take my anger personally. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the wonderful group of regular readers and commenters.

For today, I'm including a video of a bear "examining" a wildlife camera by licking and sniffing it (but not stealing it) and then passing other cameras. Last night, these cameras (that were securely locked to trees) were stolen, along with another chunk of my trust in humans. I trust the bears and mountain lions that walked by my cameras more than I trust some people. Enjoy the wildlife video, for it may be the last.

I ran across a quote that feels very relevant since giving up is always the easiest route: "Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts." Edward R. Murrow. Murrow was a hero, in my opinion, fighting against all odds and risking everything to follow his convictions.


  1. Oh lady we would trust a furry friend over a two-legger any day..
    Benny & Lily

  2. that is un*&#$ing believable! wow, the nerve of some people! this angers see the images that your cameras have captured are priceless...and to think some asshole came and stole them....unbelievable...i think you need to set up a "sting"...if i was there, i'd do it! jerks!
    are ALL the cameras gone?!
    geez, what a bummer...

  3. Well that just stinks! We are sure the bears didn't run off with them. Well maybe the little award we have for you will improve your day. Come over and visit to collect it. We came over from Murphy's blog!


    Mr. Nubbin'

  4. I'm so sorry that you're dealing with the evil side of human nature - you are such a nice person and respectful of the land you travel and animals that you watch, so it really stumps me why any one would do anything malicious towards you.

    Given the events that transpired this weekend at my home, you know I certainly empathize with you when I say that I trust some four-leggers more than our own species, too.

  5. Okay. I'm utterly angry along with you because we all enjoy your videos and learn so much from them. It truly ticks me off that someone could perhaps put an end to your sharing your world with us. But the expense alone could make replacing the lost cameras too difficult, especially if they might be stolen again. I hope your homeowners insurance will cover your loss.

    People can be so cruel.

  6. Oh No! How we will get to see woo beawootiful images and movies! That is such a bad thing those humans did. Sometimes, Mom gets as upset as me, and woo have every right to be mad and upset. I hope they find out who did this, and I also hope it was not personal.
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  7. That's effing wrong -

    But I guess that is consistent with the stupidity and insanity shown by Bear-Bear's killer -

    We are so sorry for the losses -

  8. So very sorry about this incident! We're angry too! Just crazy that you can live in an amazingly beautiful area shared by such fascinating natural life and away from us urban dwellers....and then have something that brash happen. How would the camera even be noticed? Seemed like more of a bear, deer and lion tracking path that a place for much human pass throughs... Arg!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  9. Wow! The selfishness and pettyness of some people still amazes me. While I know that there are...jerks, out there in the world, it still makes me angry when they rear their ugly heads. I hope that eventually the wildlife cameras will be back, maybe in the winter when it's too cold for people to go out and make mischief. I know you've had some problems this summer, based on things I've read between the lines, and I'm really sorry that you have had to deal with that!

  10. I may be a paranoid old lady, but I would also be worried that someone watches you when you are out there to know where they all are. I am so sorry for this horrible act. One day he/she will get their due.

  11. When you came through on your bike, one of the cameras took a picture of you. Spose that is why these were taken? They didn't want their pictures taken?

    Like Kathie of the OP gang, I would be a little bit scared to be out there on my own.

    Sit tight for a while, maybe.

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo and Stella

  12. That is just awful. Sadly, the bad uns lurk out there and it doesn't matter where you are in the country or in the town. Thankfully, there's just as many if not more good uns.

  13. I'm so sorry to hear that. One jerk can ruin it for the rest of us. I've really enjoyed your pictures and your blog.


  14. We can't believe that someone would do that!! We are sorry that someone stole the cameras :( We have really enjoyed the photos and videos...

    Have faith - there are more good humans out there than bad.

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus

  15. We live in a mountainous area of SC and there's all kinds of fun things going on up there. People like to grow funny weeds that make you crazy when you smoke it and they like to make white lighting, etc. AND they SURE don't like cameras, even if they are just wildlife cameras.

    In summary, people are strange, selfish and greedy. Please be careful!!

  16. Sorry about this incident. We are angry too. There always is that one person out there who will ruin things for everyone.
    Just be careful out there now that you know that scum is nearby.

  17. My heart sank when I read about the theft. Love the quote, too. One of my personal favorites, although I don't know the author, is "It's always darkest before the dawn." Come on sunshine!!!

  18. I'm angry too! It only takes one bad person!

  19. First, I loved the video of the bear examining the camera. You always said you want up close and personal pictures, so there you go.

    My suspicion on the cameras would go to illegal activity that people did not want filmed (poaching, drugs, whatever).

    Sadly, there are just enough bad people out there to drive us all crazy, though I do firmly believe that most humans are good. But all it takes is one crazy.

    P.S. - I always trust the furry creatures first. I may believe most people are good, but I still believe that virtually all non-human animals act their nature.

  20. I feel blood in my ears...Really? Someone stole your cameras?! There's something spooky about that to me. I hope you don't have any calculating neighbors (or readers).

    I wish I could ship your perpetrators off for an all-inclusive evening in South Central. Maybe that would knock them off their high horses...Instill a sense of gratitude for where they get to live and for their neighbors.

  21. Thanks so much to every single one of you who has reached out with a kind word when I've been feeling so angry. You've lifted my spirits.

    Thanks for reminding me that the good people outnumber the bad people by far!

  22. seriously? you think a reader did this out of spite to you? i can't imagine why. it's not like you're raising some political debate on prochoice/prolife or the federal economy/budget or healthcare. it's freaking nature observation. sure there's the occasional post like "why shoot a coyote?" but i've never heard you take a stand against "hunting" per se. do you think some hunter type person is actually moronic enough to not see this? wait. i think i just answered my own question.

  23. do you think it could just be a random "oh here's some nice equipment/camera and nobody's watching, i think i'll steal it" kind of crime? do you really think it was deliberate knowing it was your camera? i guess it would make sense IF your location is so remote that it isn't seen by most people...

  24. Oh, man! First Maery gets that creepy note, now your cameras are gone?

    I'm feeling skeeved too. I'm so sorry that theft came into the picture.

  25. Be careful, KB - someone in your neighborhood is acting badly. People who are without conscience almost always live a miserable existence. I guess that will have to be the consolation here.


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