I saw this AP article in the San Francisco Chronicle: Pregnant Colo. woman hit by car while fleeing bear.
Now, the woman had only minor injuries. Sadly, the rangers killed the bear, which I guess is SOP when bears attack people. But I was struck by this sentence of the article:
Michael Seraphin of the state Division of Wildlife says the bear was later euthanized after Swendsen identified it.
What, did they do a bear lineup? I’m imagining the scene:
“Now, Ms. Swendsen, don’t worry. The bears cannot see you. Are you ready?”
“OK, Murray, bring ’em in.”
“Bear number 1, lean forward and say ‘Oh, bother.'”
“Bear number 3, turn to your right, hold up your paws, and say ‘Grrrrr.'”
“Bear number 5, turn to the left and say ‘Pic-i-nic Basket.'”
“Anything, Ms. Swendsen?”
“I’m sure it was Bear number 3. He looks mean.”
“Thank you, ma’am. Murray, let the rest of them go.”
Thanks to Dori for some of the bear comedy.