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The "Bear" returns

See, I told you it was a hoax.

I'm still kinda disappointed it wasn't just a big dog or a deer, though. :P

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jill_dragon
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
That's actually kinda cute that they were doing it promote a play.

I take it that most of the large wildlife in the British Iles has long since been killed off?
keaalu
Mar. 31st, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, on reflection it IS quite cute - it just annoyed me that my OBVIOUS SOLUTION was foiled. ("omg totally a Newfoundland dog, I've seen them in the forest and they TOTALLY look like little bears.") How dare they stop me feeling smug and righteous! ;) Like a friend and I were discussing at lunchtime, people have no clue what wild animals look like ANYway, 75% of the time; one of her friends looked out of the window and saw a fox and was all "OMG you have a wolf in your garden!" *facepalm*

I think most big wild animals were probably killed off centuries ago - wolves finally died out about 200 years ago (around 1740 I think), bears around 2000 years ago. Plus there's not many "wildernessy" kind of areas for big predators to live undisturbed in, if there were bears THAT close to human habitation more people would have seen them. ;)

The biggest mammals are deer (red, fallow, roe); predator-wise I guess it'd be a fox or a badger (or cryptid big cat *rollseyes*), although we do have wild boar making themselves at home in some of the larger forests, I think. They keep on trying to reintroduce wolves to Scotland, but they've not met with that much success. ¬_¬ (Too many sheep.)

Edit: Whoops typos

Edited at 2009-03-31 08:33 pm (UTC)
jill_dragon
Apr. 1st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
⌐_⌐...I've seen grizzly bears (brown bears to you) and I've seen Newfoundland dogs and the size difference is kinda hard to mistake. You might mistake it for a black bear but I don't think you have those over in Europe (correct me if I'm wrong).

There are a fair number of black bears around here, especially in the late summer and autumn where they go after peoples' fruit trees and garbage cans. Bigger predator like grizzlies and cougars tend to stay away from populated areas and to be honest I've never seen one outside of a zoo.

Last winter people have reported wolves returning to the area for the first time in about a hundred years. On one hand it's good since it means the ecosystem is restoring itself and they'll keep the deer and big-horned sheep populations regulated. But on the other hand there's a lot of cattle ranching in the area so naturally the ranchers are a bit worried.

I think it would bother me not having wildlife around. Europe just seems so.... populated.
keaalu
Apr. 1st, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, don't get me wrong, I know a grizzly bear is a lot bigger than a Newfoundland. ;) It's just that at a distance, and obscured by plants, the outline is sorta similar, and they're quite big dogs, so it's not 100% stupid to have the gut reaction of thinking it's some sort of escaped sun bear / bear cub.

I'd prefer we had more wildlife around, too. :( But I don't think it's going to happen.
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