With the death of the eleven year old Sam Ives in Utah this last week, I ran across this list of fatal bear attacks:
I guess when you look at this from a statistical perspective, bear attacks are so rare to the population that they really become insignificant. However it is hard to tell that to the families of missing people lost to bear attacks.
In my life I have seen many bears and had the opportunity to harvest a few.
It is strange to me to read about people who have never seen a bear in the wild. I loose sight of the fact that the general public have no idea that they are treading the same trails that bears have been using for millions of years. It amazes me that we are not seeing more human fatalities from our encounters with wildlife.
While out hunting and camping this year I would encourage everyone to be prepared for the worst but enjoy every opportunity we can to spend time with our kids in the great outdoors.