YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A man whose face was severely mauled by a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park is a photographer and author of books about grizzlies who also had been attacked in 1993.
The National Park Service said Jim Cole, 57, was hiking alone, off- trail in prime grizzly habitat Wednesday when he was attacked by a sow with a cub. He apparently was carrying pepper spray but whether he used it was unclear.
Well, obviously he must not have used the pepper spray, because I'm sure that would have repelled a 4-500 pound ferocious animal that must have felt threatened. Is that really the recommended protection against grizzly bears? How about a taser that puts out a million volts; that's what I'm talking about. Either that, or how about carrying an M-16.
My guess is the guy is a card carrying member of PETA, in which case he had to disavow any common sense he may have ever had. More than likely he watched too many Yogi Bear cartoons when he was a kid, and thought the worst these bears would do is trick him out of a picnic basket.