12 November 2012

Rest In Peace, Ursa americanus yellowyellow

I had heard earlier this year from an employee at EMS that Yellow-Yellow, one of the more famous bears among campers in the High Peaks region, had been killed.  When my friend and I ran into a Ranger and a DEC employee with a shotgun at the Lake Colden dam, I asked them about this, and they confirmed that she was still alive.  Today, however, there's news that she was shot by a hunter.

The story is here: http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/533958/Famous-bear-bandit-is-killed.html

There's an excellent write up on her here, and an explanation on why she was vital to the region: http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/bears.php

In short: She forced campers to keep their food safely and correctly stashed, or else risk having to cut their trip short because they had no food.  She also helped keep more aggressive adolescent male bears on the move.  It'll be interesting to see how the dynamic changes now.

Updated on 15 Nov 2012: Dan Crane wrote an obituary for Yellow-Yellow, here: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2012/11/a-yellow-yellow-obituary.html

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