Monday, May 23, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.
Part Two of The Current
Bear Attacks - Panel, Cont'd
In our first half-hour, I introduced you to three people with incredible stories of survival. Wes Werbowy of Thunder Bay Ontario survived a polar bear attack. Jane Tillotson of Nelson, British Columbia snatched her four-year-old granddaughter from the clutches of a black bear right in her own garden. And Gerald Marois of Waubaushene Ontario was nearly mauled to death by a black bear a year ago this month. They're waiting in the wings now to tell us how those experiences have changed them.
Bear Attacks - Study
One of the reasons we became interested in discussing bear attacks today is because of a notable study published earlier this month in the Journal of Wildlife Management. It looked at 69 fatal black bear maulings, all of which happened in North America over the last century. Steven Herrero, a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Calgary, led the study. And he says that while the advice - never get between a mother bear and her cubs - is still good advice ... it's also a bit misleading.
Professor Herrero points out fatal bear attacks are very rare - only two people a year are killed by black bears in North America. The rest of the encounters usually don't even involve an attack. We played a clip of his response to this.
Bear Attacks - Personal Stories
Over the last couple of weeks, we've been asking you to tell us your stories of your encounters with bears. We played a few of them for you on the show.
Other segments from today's show: