Monday, April 28, 2014

Bears, Tourists, and Rangers at Yellowstone

The Problem Bear first published at Rambling Web


"Yellowstone had a bear problem. The bears were coming into contact with people far too frequently. For the safety of the park visitors, they were forced to tranquilize and relocate some of these bears. Unfortunately, people were often part of the problem. They were an easy source of food. Some campers would leave food out, others driving through happy to see a bear, would feed them right from the car. This was not only dangerous, but it encouraged bears to seek out people who may or may not have food. Particular ‘problem’ bears that park rangers had relocated would actually return to the scene of the crime seeking out more food.

The trouble with these repeat offenders was that they were smart, they learned how to not get caught. The rangers actually believed that many of these bears recognized the park rangers vehicles and uniforms and would flee at first sight. This meant the rangers needed to be covert, so they wore civilian clothes and drove an unmarked vehicle, and worked in teams for these particularly difficult cases.

One day, two rangers found their problem bear and were able to shoot him with a dart from their unmarked vehicle. They waited several minutes for the tranquilizers to kick in, as another group of rangers were radioed in to pick up the bear. As they waited, a park visitor pulled up to get a closer look at the bear they just spotted."

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Famous Quotes from Socrates

First posted at Rambling Web - Quotes from Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

Let him that would move the world first move himself.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.

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