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Volume 12 August 13, 2012 kimberleychronicle@gmail. Welcome to our twelfth edition of Kimberley Chronicle! We hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful August weather. In this issue we have a story of survival and toughness. Just to be clear we are not trying to scare or even educate people about bears. There is plenty of that information available from other sources. We would like to focus on the story of the people involved and celebrate the fact that they are still around to tell their awesome stories. As someone who works in the bush everyday I take solace in the fact that I’ve met three people in Kimberley that have survived a grizzly attack. We would like to remind people however, to be cautious as berry picking season is now upon us. As per usual we love hearing from our readers. If anyone has comments, a current event they would like printed, or a local business or service they would like advertised please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or at 427-5430.
When it comes to bears and bear attacks, everyone seems to have an opinion. Very few people on the other hand, have felt the touch of a wild Ursus (bear), even fewer have felt the dreaded Usrus arctos horribilus (grizzly bear). A few years ago at least three of these especially tough people called Kimberley home. Just over five years ago Jeff Ray hailing from Morrisson Sub and Thea Bailey from Chapman Camp had such an encounter. They were both working near Boo: Kicking Horse’s resident grizzly. Photo Courtesy of Golden Tourism. the White River in between Whiteswan Provincial Park and Height of the Rockies Provicial Park doing road and cutblock layout for Tembec. While assessing a stream and and an adjoining Wildlife Tree Patch Thea was the first to see the bear. Continued on Page 2
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cont’d. As she was slowly backing away feeling for her bearspray she was yelling to Jeff “BEAR”. When Jeff came charging through the bush yelling at the bear the bear tunred to Jeff and charged. Jeff managed to get under a fallen log before exchanging blows with the bear. The bear walked away with gouged eyes and caulk boot marks on its face towards Thea who was ready with her can of bearspray. The bearspray was effective. However Jeff had severe lacerations on right his leg and bite barks on his arms which made getting out of the bush extremely difficult. Thea ran back to their vehicle and left Jeff with the half used can of bearspray. Thea found help and they were able to get Jeff out of the bush and back to the road. After that the exact chain of events are somewhat confusing, however the important thing is that eventually a helicopter arrived to take Jeff to a hospital. Jeff has since moved to Victoria where he is a carpenter and Thea has moved to Cranbrook, needless to say the event was life altering for both of them. Twenty years before Jeff and Thea’s incident, long time Kimberley resident Bob Plant had a similar run in with a grizzly. Bob’s story will be told in a future issue of Kimberley Chronicle as he is not only a grizzly attack survivor but also a local pioneer of a popular winter pasttime.
The great hump behind a grizzly’s head is solid muscle, enabling it to overturn 50-kg rocks with its front paws, or kill an elk with a single blow. During its winter sleep the grizzly loses about 1 kg of bodyweight each day. Some grizzlies emerge from their sleep 50% lighter. Despite their great size, grizzlies are nimble enough to catch squirrels and mice. Originating in China, the ancestors of the modern grizzly crossed land bridges from Asia to North America some 40,000 years ago. Grizzlies often enter their winter dens just ahead of a snowstorm, so that the snow covers up their fresh tracks and seals them in for their long winter sleep.
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Mostly sunny, with the odd cloudy day and some isolated showers. Average temperatures: High 25oC Low 10oC. 1) The name comes from its usual coloration which is a griz250-432-5269 zled gray color of its fur although the color is variable includ101 370 Wallinger ing whitish, blackish and brownish. Kimberley’s Got Balls 2) A grizzly bear. Bears can reach speeds of 48 km/hr, Usain’s maximum speed reached is only 43km/hr and his average (check out our facebook page) Pre-Tox Drop-In B-Ball speed over 100m is 37km/hr. Thursday 5:30 pm at court 3) Their herat rate can drop from an average of 40 beats per on Stemwinder (up at ski minute to as low as 8 beats per minute during hibernation. hill) 4) Hotfoot Teddy; he was a balck bear that was rescued from a wildfire in New Mexico in 1950. Detox Sunday Soccer 5) There are caves in France that have paintings from 32,000 Sunday at noon-ish years ago indicating that humans competed with cave bears at Blarchmont Field for cave space. Monday August 13: Hot Yoga at Blarchmont Park, 9:3010:45am, Free however donations to a local refugee family would be greatly appreciated. Wednesday August 15: Wild West Wednesdays at Fort Steele. Wednesday August 15: Hot Yoga at Blarchmont Park, 6:307:30 pm. Wednesday August 15: Free Family Swim, 6-7pm. Monday August 20: Hot Yoga at Blarchmont Park, 9:3010:45am. Wednesday August 22: Hot Yoga at Barchmont Park, 6:307:30pm. Thursday August 23: Kimberley Nature Park Society Plein Air Walk. Meet at 6pm at the Riverside Campground, bring sketching or painting materials. Saturday August 25: Saturday Night on the Town at Fort Steele.
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