Black Bear

Animal Person

In a stroke of the surreal, my heart beat frantically as my eye was yanked from the cheery, colorful bears on the sticker, to a mammoth black bear, tethered to the back of a white pickup truck, and held down with chicken wire. He was bleeding from several bullet wounds, and visibly in excruciating pain. Somehow men have convinced themselves that that is a worthy activity, and they even have the gall to call it sport, as if it’s a fair game played on equal footing.

Bears 101

Starlings and Eagles

10,000 Birds

Here I was, sitting patiently in a blind, watching a tethered European Starling on a string. The aim of the game was to band raptors, and specifically to band Golden Eagles. Any bird that was wounded — and a bander could often prevent that fate by firing the net quickly enough — was nursed back to health. It required a bit of an ethical adjustment.