Being Canadian entails more wild life encounters than many countries.
Here, we had a school lockdown; not because of crazed lunatics with weapons but because there was a bear in the neighbourhood. No child could be allowed outside without adult supervision to ensure their safety.
Bears make news because they are generally shy and avoid people... unless they are hungry.
One of my aunts had a bear step on her hand when she was blueberry picking. She was stunned but calm and the bear went on his way.
Berry picking is a higher risk activity because both bears and humans want the juicy fruit. If you visit a blueberry patch and see plants stripped clean of berries, rest assured a bear has been visiting.
My grandparents have a cottage in blueberry country so they have seen plenty of bears.
The story that is most legend was when a bear stepped on my aunt's head.
My two aunts were playing in a pile of discarded brush and sticks. They had created a fort underneath and were hiding inside. All of sudden they heard a thumping running noise; a bear cub was running away, terrified, from some people. He ran over the pile of brush and his paw broke through to step on my aunt's head. He scrambled down to the entrance of the fort to head inside and came face to face with my terrified aunts.
They screamed at the face of the bear peering into the fort. My grandmother heard their screams and came tearing out of the cottage.
Thankfully the bear took off and no one was hurt. We still laugh at that story.
This news article about a bear breaking into a bakery triggered some of my bear recollections. Unfortunately there was no video of the event but I did track down a video of a bear at a Subway restaurant.
Bear Breaks into Bakery
TOBERMORY, Ont. - The owner of a bakery in Tobermory, Ont., has had a few sleepless nights after a black bear broke into the shop.
The bruin was first discovered last Friday enjoying some cookies as he sat atop a freezer at the Little Tub Bakery.
The Ministry of Natural Resources set a trap.
The owner of the shop says he woke up early today to loud noises as the bear got caught in the trap.
Wayne Hadcock says it was hard to get back to sleep because the bear was banging his body against the cage, trying to escape.
The bear is now in the custody of the Natural Resources Ministry.
Original article can be found here
This video shows a bear visiting a Subway restaurant in British Columbia, Canada.