Beach Bears of Port Heiden

No matter how you approach the act of making a blazing fire, one thing is certain: that flame best get roaring by the time darkness settles.

For there be bears about.

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Predators lurk in the night

Not just bears, but wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jabberwockies.

As the most recent bonfire burned brightly, I left to hit the hay (it’d been a long day). But I was told something slightly alarming the next morning.

After my departure, one of the canine sentries began to bark and howl. Apollo, a beastly black lab, had been prone and possibly asleep before jolting straight up to sharply bark twice and let loose a low croon.

It must have been an ominously loud sound after a quiet span in front of the crackling flames. What was worse, it came with some jittery movements and clear alarm. Apollo’s fur stood on end and the once-merry congregation began questioning the wisdom of being in the wild that night.

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‘Two bears and a caribou walk into a bar…’

Even though they were a little spooked, everyone kept their cool and stayed a bit longer. However, as they loaded up their four-wheelers to leave, three members of the community smelled a distinct rotten tang on the air.

“Bear,” one of the congregants told me the next day. “It was definitely the smell of a bear that’d been eating salmon nonstop.”

No one actually saw a bear that evening, but one was undoubtedly close. There might’ve been multiple. If it was a momma bear with cubs, then we were definitely in more danger. People have seen bears on a regular (almost daily) basis, especially on the beaches where they tend to scrounge for sustenance.

Thankfully, we were armed and the whole evening was uneventful.

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Baby bear tracks


 

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

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