Grizzly bears – those cuddly, fuzzy, notoriously dangerous animals that inhabit the woodlands of northern America – attacking people, who’da thunk it?  Not Americans, that’s for sure, as when a trio of the buggers decided to go camping in the Grizzly bear habitat of Yellowstone Park, nobody expected to encounter an irate bear in the mood for a spot of the old ultra-violence.

First off, if you are going to go camping, why not go somewhere that isn’t likely to have wild bears? I’m no outdoorsman, but I think that’d be sensible.  Second off, if you are stupid enough to go camping in bear territory, why not stay vigilant and take more than a cheap nylon tent? Again, it just seems like good sense.

Well anyway, the point of the story isn’t that Americans did something Americans are renowned for i.e. doing something thoughtlessly daft, the point is that following the aforementioned bear attack, the bear was effectively criminalised.

That’s right, the bear, having done something that bears unsurprisingly do, has become public enemy number one in Yellowstone Park.  Having left some hair and a tooth at the scene of the ‘crime’, the bear disappeared – possibly using a forged Dutch passport – but was apparently captured, along with two cubs, by Yellowstone Park officials the following day.

DNA tests are being carried out in an effort to identify whether or not the captured bear is the culprit.  If the bear is found guilty, then the authorities will execute the bear, assuming of course that community service is not an option and all attempts to rehabilitate the bear come to nought.

What causes the most confusion about this whole story is how it can be considered that the bear has done wrong.  Grizzly bears are notoriously dangerous and should always be approached with caution, so it’s hardly surprising that it’d be likely to attack somebody.  Furthermore, if the captured bear is indeed the killer bear, then it has cubs which makes a bear attack even less surprising.  Mother bears can be considered over-protective of their young.  As an aside, what would happen to the cubs in the event of their mother being killed?

This all sounds a bit mad, a wild animal behaving like a wild animal much to the surprise of Americans.  One thing this proves though is that people – especially our cousins from the western Atlantic, are always looking for someone to blame when something goes wrong.  When there is nobody to blame, they look for the next best thing, even when they should really be asking, who’s fault it was that this unfortunate occurrence happened?  It sure as hell wasn’t the bear that made them go camping in its yard.

So, what have we learned? Well, we’ve learned that bears will be bears and that that includes occasional attacks as bears are of course wild animals.  We’ve also learned that when camping in the vicinity of wild bears, it’s probably always a good idea to make sure you’re not killed in your sleep, but hey, what do I know?  I like to stay as far away from nature as I can.