“The Berry Tree”, by Saul Chaplin
from Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
I’m always scared about bears when I go up into the mountains.
Though I’ve never encountered any except from seeing them from my car.
I still want to be cautious.
This year there have been a lot of bear encounters because it rained a lot
in the early summer – which created a lot of berries – being
a main food source for Black Bears and Grizzly Bears.
Thus, they have been posting a lot of warnings.
It’s berry season
Bear encounters are likely
Berry bushes border trails, roads and
campgrounds. Black and Grizzly bears
are feeding on berries right now.
It is easy to surprise a bear
that is focused on feeding.
To reduce your risk:
– Make noise while on trails.
– Travel in tight groups.
– Trail running and cycling place you at a much higher
risk. Travel very slowly. Do not wear buds.
– Carry bear spray. ensure it is accessible, and
know how to use it.
– Watch for fresh bear signs such as scat.
– Be especially careful near berry patches.
– If you see a bear, stay calm, back away slowly
and leave the area. Never run.
OK … heading up to Marble Canyon …