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Davian93
08-10-2009, 11:18 AM
So, seriously, when they tell you not to feed the big wild bears...DO NOT FEED THEM!

LINK (http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_13023974)


Cabin owner fed bruins for years despite state's pleas

In the evenings, Donna Munson liked to sit in front of her picture window and watch the bears amble toward her Ouray County log cabin for dinner.

The 74-year-old woman who stocked her backyard with dog food, fruit and yogurt was found dead outside her home Friday, being eaten by a bear.

It was still unknown Saturday whether a bear killed Munson or whether one or more animals consumed part of her body after her death. But people who knew her said she was an eccentric wildlife lover who had been feeding bears, elk, skunks and raccoons for years.

Munson, who rented half of her home in southwestern Colorado to several people over the years, told one of them that "when the time came, she wanted to go out with the bears."

"She was a very sweet lady," said Tammy York of Paonia, who rented part of Munson's house several years ago. "She just loved nature. She probably shouldn't have been alone out there in her state."

Colorado Division of Wildlife agents had asked Munson so many times over the past decade to stop feeding bears that she quit taking their phone calls or accepting their certified letters and tried to ban them from her property.

Neighbors complained about a growing number of bears in the hills, ransacking trash cans and even trying to break into houses this summer. Still, Munson kept feeding the bears.

Two of the bruins were shot and killed by Ouray County sheriff's deputies Friday while they investigated Munson's death. Deputies said the animals were threatening and had no fear of people.

Two other bears were captured and euthanized in July after a caretaker at Munson's cabin complained they were too aggressive. Division of Wildlife authorities caught them both the first day they set traps.

"We tried to do everything possible to gain her cooperation," said Tyler Baskfield, DOW spokesman. "Obviously, this is a situation that everybody feels bad about, but it illustrates what can happen."

Bears fed by humans lose their instinct to fear people and "they expect that food source to continue," he said.

"Not only are you putting yourself at risk, you're putting anyone else who may come in contact with that animal at risk because they are expecting a handout," Baskfield said.

The night before her death, Munson planned to feed an injured baby bear hard-boiled eggs and yogurt, another former tenant said. And she had planned to swat a large bear that was bothering the baby bear with a broom.

"She didn't have a chance in hell," said Connie Barnes, who lived with Munson for five years and never went outside after dark without a spotlight, her husband and his BB gun.

Munson lived in the cabin, which bordered federal land, with her husband, "Ridgway Jack," until his death about 14 years ago, Barnes said. Jack Munson adopted a baby elk and made their home into an animal sanctuary, even letting a fawn sleep in his bed, Barnes said.

Donna Munson continued caring for animals after her husband's death, leaving a tub of cat food on her picnic table for critters and tossing food in the backyard and out her windows for bears. The elderly woman, who used a walker, bought giant bags of Ol' Roy dog food for the bears and had pallets of grain delivered for elk and deer, Barnes said.

"She had skunks that came in her house," Barnes said. "It sounds ridiculous to people, but you had to know her. She was a very loving woman, so much into animals."

Two women who cleaned Munson's home found her being eaten by a bear Friday, Barnes said.

A necropsy performed on a 250-pound male bear was inconclusive. A necropsy on the other bear killed Friday is ongoing. The Montrose County coroner is performing an autopsy on Munson.

Folks in Ouray and Ridgway, two towns near Munson's house, were upset about the bear deaths and the public safety risk caused by Munson.

"These bears are now not going to be fed and they are going to go to other houses looking for food," said Kate Singer, owner of Kate's Place, a cafe in downtown Ridgway. "More bears are going to be killed because of what this woman did. It's a bad situation, and people are not happy about it."

Munson had enclosed her porch with wire fencing for protection. York, her former tenant, said Munson had the fence installed when York and her two children, ages 1 and 4 at the time, moved in with her.

The bears would come within 6 feet of the porch and peer in the windows.

"We were in the zoo," she recalled, saying she moved out after about a year because the animals especially the skunks "got to be too much." While she lived there, a bear busted York's car window and left bite marks in her seat trying to get some leftover french fries.

Munson would be devastated by the bears' deaths, York said.

"That's the worst part," she said. "That would be horrible for her if she knew what her death had meant to the bears."

Ivhon
08-10-2009, 12:03 PM
Y'know...its just so easy to go out there and blame the bear. I think this is a setup, personally. My money is on the racoon

Jokeslayer
08-10-2009, 02:56 PM
I see no reason why she shouldn't have fed the bears. They don't even know if the bears killed her. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

GonzoTheGreat
08-10-2009, 03:41 PM
They are terrorist bears, obviously.

Zanguini
08-10-2009, 03:45 PM
We should have know this because Bears are Godless Killing Machines.

Birgitte
08-10-2009, 04:59 PM
I can't remember the name, but there's this guy who made a documentary on bears. He went out into the woods and really did some stupid things to be "friends with the bears" or something equally dumb. The documentary ended because he got eaten. Apparently, the guy was annoying enough that no one was really broken up about it at the end of the film.

Cary Sedai
08-12-2009, 08:59 PM
I'm sure that Munson was a sweet old lady who loved the bears and other critters, however she should have been more responsible.

I think of that old story about the person who felt sorry for the butterfly struggling to get out of it's cocoon. The person freed the butterfly, but because it didn't struggle to free it self, it's wings didn't get blood pushed into them and they never formed and the butterfly never could fly. By helping, the person really just destroyed the butterfly.

That said, by giving hand outs to all those animals she only taught them to look for food from humans. Which wouldn't be that big a deal if we all lived happily together. Unfortunately/fortunately things just aren't like that. You can't change the natural order of things, just because you want to be nice to animals. The nicest thing you can do is allow them to be what they are. Sometimes, the best way to love and respect someone/something is to let it be what it is.

I have nothing against those bears or any of the other critters, even if we find out they ate the sweet misguided little lady. Wild animals are wild animals, I expect them to be what they are.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2009, 08:04 AM
I expect domesticated ones to be what they are, too. ;)

Brita
08-13-2009, 08:16 AM
I can't remember the name, but there's this guy who made a documentary on bears. He went out into the woods and really did some stupid things to be "friends with the bears" or something equally dumb. The documentary ended because he got eaten. Apparently, the guy was annoying enough that no one was really broken up about it at the end of the film.

Grizzly Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Man) Timothy Treadwell. He had a girlfriend with him. She was eaten as well.

GonzoTheGreat
08-13-2009, 08:23 AM
Grizzly Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Man) Timothy Treadwell. He had a girlfriend with him. She was eaten as well.How romantic. Now they can be together forever.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2009, 09:03 AM
As what? A pile of bear feces?

Davian93
08-13-2009, 09:05 AM
Grizzly Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Man) Timothy Treadwell. He had a girlfriend with him. She was eaten as well.

ROFL...

Sorry, I know that's not funny but it just was for some reason.

GonzoTheGreat
08-13-2009, 11:20 AM
As what? A pile of bear feces?I have to admit that I'm not a very good romantic.

Brita
08-13-2009, 11:34 AM
I have to admit that I'm not a very good romantic.

Well, hypothetically two rose shrubs could grow out of that fertile mound and dance merrily in the summer breeze until autumn brushes them with her frosty kiss and gently sends them into a serene slumber that only waits for spring to coax them awake again with warm promises of eternal summer breeze tangos.

Hypothetically.

Davian93
08-13-2009, 11:44 AM
Well, hypothetically two rose shrubs could grow out of that fertile mound and dance merrily in the summer breeze until autumn brushes them with her frosty kiss and gently sends them into a serene slumber that only waits for spring to coax them awake again with her warm promises of eternal summer breeze tangos.

Hypothetically.

I tried to Rep you for that...but apparently I need to spread it around a bit first.

Awesome verbiage...

GonzoTheGreat
08-13-2009, 11:49 AM
I tried to Rep you for that...but apparently I need to spread it around a bit first.

Awesome verbiage...So is the "need to spread it around a bit", considering the direction this current thread has taken. Apparently you're intending to fertilise an entire rose garden. Did you promise her one, I wonder?

Brita
08-13-2009, 12:06 PM
Apparently you're intending to fertilise an entire rose garden.

Two young sweethearts stroll through the wild beauty of the rose garden. Plucking a rose for his beloved, the ardent young man is unaware that he has given her the essence of lovers gone; their very nature, wild and free, captured in the tender softness of the petal, and in the prick of the thorn.

Really Gonzo, you're almost there, you just need a little help to put it into words, that's all.

Crispin's Crispian
08-13-2009, 12:13 PM
Two young sweethearts stroll through the wild beauty of the rose garden. Plucking a rose for his beloved, the ardent young man is unaware that he has given her the essence of lovers gone; their very nature, wild and free, captured in the tender softness of the petal, and in the prick of the thorn.


heheh....you said prick.

Brita
08-13-2009, 12:15 PM
heheh....you said prick.

LOL! I was going to change it to sting, just for flow, but now it is so staying as prick.

Kurtz
08-13-2009, 08:35 PM
What sort of backwards country hasn't hunted their bears to extinction yet?

Belazamon
08-13-2009, 10:07 PM
Well, hypothetically two rose shrubs could grow out of that fertile mound and dance merrily in the summer breeze until autumn brushes them with her frosty kiss and gently sends them into a serene slumber that only waits for spring to coax them awake again with warm promises of eternal summer breeze tangos.Until a bear comes along and shits on them.

DahLliA
08-16-2009, 09:40 AM
finally a chance to use this lyric. (bolded part mine)

Winters coming
days die short
at the end of autumns reign
hunger becomes ravenous
hibernation never waits
soon the silent slumber
for now october's feast
fearless and graceful
crashing through dead leaves

DON'T FEED THE BEARS
OR THE BEARS WILL FEED ON YOU

all the forest fauna
frozen feeling fear
flinching at the moment
face to face with face of bear
all the forest creatures
vanish from sight
their betters come with hungers
that cannot be denied

soon the silent
dreaming's coming
hunger's drumming
nights grow long
neither plant or beast
have walls or doors

to protect them from the greatest of the omnivores
towering
over my head
terrible beauty
FUCK I'M DEAD!

THE HUNGER!!!!
THE HUNGER!!!!
THE HUNGER!!!!
THE HUNGER!!!!

Fall is falling
stars are conquering
dead branches soaked with rain
Bear gut glut on critters
heavy eyes feeling weight
twilight sighs
in animal eyes
a new cycle will begin
this winter when trees are white
the fauna is free from him

DON'T FEED THE BEARS
OR THE BEARS WILL FEED ON YOU

I'll die with the honor i choose
I'll fight face of bear and lose

FACE TO FACE
WITH FACE OF BEAR
FACE TO FACE
WITH FACE OF BEAR
FACE TO FACE
WITH FACE OF BEAR
FACE TO FACE
WITH FACE OF BEAR
FACE THE BEAR
I'LL FACE THE BEAR
FACE THE BEAR
I'LL FACE THE BEAR