Why was the bear charging? Because unprecedented amounts of snow had covered its normal food sources. Video of the wrangler on David Letterman show.
On one of the latest shows with David Letterman there is a woman talking about how she and her horse rescued a small boy from a bear. There is a segment where she says that last winter there was a record number of human/bear encounters and when Letterman asks her why that was, she says something to the effect that there was record snow last winter and the bears couldn’t find enough food like berries in the forests so they would come out in greater numbers and approach people’s homes in search of food. (it’s at 3.45 that he poses the question.)
I found it interesting and it supports your theory. Of course David let it just pass and did not pick that up at all and moved on to the next question.
Thanks for all the postings and articles. I find your website very interesting and like checking on the latest ice age developments.
“The bear was chasing a deer,” says the article accompanying the video. “But when the deer escaped in the pandemonium of panicking horses, the grizzly continued its pursuit – bearing down on a fleeing horse carrying Ian Turner, an 8-year-old guest from northern California.
“Horse experts have marveled at Bolster’s ability to get Tonk to overcome his natural instinct to run away from the danger. With Bolster’s heels in his ribs, the large Percheron (draft horse) mix, wheeled around and charged the bear three times before driving it away from the boy and the other horse.”
See entire great story in the Spokesman-Review: