Sunday, 23 February 2014

Don't climb the trees!

Another interesting place in Williams is Bearizona, this was our second trip and as before we really enjoyed our visit. 

One of the things we’ve always been told when out hiking is don’t run from bears or cougars as they’ll naturally assume you’re prey and good to eat, so stand your ground, make yourself as large and threatening as possible and they’ll back off.   Well that’s what we’ve always been told, thankfully we’ve never been in a position where we’ve had to put this to the test, and I hope we never are! 

The other thing we’ve always been told is don’t climb trees to avoid bears, again thankfully, we’ve never been had to test this either, but bears are pretty big animals could they really shin up a tree that fast? 

The answer is Yes! Yes! Yes!

On this trip to Bearizona when we visited one of the bear areas, I think they were juveniles; everyone was looking up at the trees.   At first we couldn’t see anything,
when we looked again, we could see a couple of bears were high up in the pine trees, snuffling around the branches enjoying themselves.   Branches I might add that to us in no way shape or form looked anywhere near strong enough to support a bear.

One bear peeped out to admire either the view or possibly wondering what all the tourists were looking at.

Both bears admiring the view

We watched them for ages, at one point it almost seemed as if they were playing to the crowd, then they decided to come down, I thought this would take them a few minutes.   Wrong!  They were down in seconds,  

starting to come down

On roll

Made it

So it really is true, don't try, because you definitely can’t out climb a bear!

On our drive through, we saw this Alaskan Tundra wolf, he was so cute but we managed to resist the temptation to give him a cuddle. 

The white buffalo enjoying a spot of lunch
Enjoying a snooze in the afternoon sunshine

We really enjoyed our second trip to Bearizona and no doubt we’ll visit again on one of our trips.
Have fun, we are!

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