Both visitor and bear education are NPS policies, now, Syd. It was
implemented about 12 years ago in all Western US parks, in particular.
>About 40 years ago, I was privileged to be given a guided tour, so to spea=
>of the scenery and the management problems of Yellowstone National Park. =
>was then a N P administrator here in Australia).
>Inevitably we came up to a 'bear-jam' - a traffic jam caused by a begging
>bear. A line-up of stationary cars and the bear worked its way along the
>line, stopping at each one to put its fore-paws on the side of the vehicle
>and to gaze at the occupants in the hope of finding someone who would igno=
>the advice (regulation?) not to feed the bears.
>Comes to the car I was in and it just stalks past, completely ignoring us.
>Did it recognise the Park Service vehicle and know there'd be no hand-out
>there? I've always wondered.
>[BTW - I should add, for the benefit of other non-Americans like myself,
>that not too long after my visit, the Park Service gave up as hopeless,
>trying to educate park visitors not to feed the bears, and concentrated on
>'educating' the bears.]
>"Microphones are not ears,
>Loudspeakers are not birds,
>A listening room is not nature."
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