"It was growing dark, and the bear looked a shocking size, as big as a whale. Dear me, perhaps Nimrod was inside—Jonah style."
At the dawn of the Twentieth Century, a self-described hunter-naturalist named William Henry Wright decided to start carrying a camera on his various expeditions. He soon began taking excursions just to photograph animals. After a while, he decided to take on the challenges of photographing grizzlies. Because the grizzlies are shy and tend to be … Continue reading A Tale: Photographing Grizzlies With Flash Powder — 1906
"This bear came, passing about twenty yards in our front. A cartridge was ready, and against Jack's injunction "Don't shoot," I fired; yet, it failed to stop him, and Jack turned loose with his repeater, I shooting rapidly with my rifle."
"Why, that is the worst Grizzly that ever rolled a log in the Big Horn Basin."
"Jack fired. Hit him. The bear gave one tremendous yell—looked round a moment—then tore up the ground like mad and flew at the trees, sending the bark flying in all directions. "
I focus my interest in Yellowstone Park stories to things that happened before 1915, but I couldn't resist joining the thousands of others who shared these remarkable photos.
"Old hunters say a bear can be successfully handled (in an emergency) by waiting till he rises on his hind feet, and then smiting him under the fifth rib till he dies. They never tell how the bear amuses himself in the meantime."
Today's new about a woman warding of a charging black bear with a garden fresh zucchini wouldn't have surprised Yellowstone tourists a hundred years ago.
A famous naturalists buries himself in garbage and watches a moma black bear attacks a grizzly to protect her darling.