Today’s post comes from Bart, the Bear who found a smart phone in the woods.
H’lo, Bart here.
So the Ranger on this trail thinks he’s going to take some time off?
That’s OK. I like it when the rules people decide to give it a rest, and that’s what a Ranger is to me. One of the rules people. Ugh.
Us bears have rules too, but not written.
Bears make it their own business to let another bear know when a line has been crossed. That’s not a job somebody else can do, ’cause one day the line might be in a different place than some other day.
On the parks and trails us bears get to know the different Rangers – their habits and how hard they want to work. The best ones take it easy, but there are a lot of hard cases out there. How close the local Ranger follows the book is the single biggest thing that shapes a bear’s territory.
Yup, you heard that right.
It’s not nature, it’s the Ranger. If he (or she) is a prissy, particular, hard-nosed stickler for the Letter of the Law, no bear will call that ground home.
It’s not ’cause bears are natural beasts that don’t like to be bossed, even though that’s true. It’s not that we can’t stand up to some tin-badge authority figure, ’cause we can! And it’s sure not because we’re afraid of the tranquilizer dart. I love the dart the way campers love beer. The world gets all spinny, and then a bunch of gentle hands come to lift you up, and then you get a ride in a truck!
Travel expands the mind!
No, the reason us bears steer clear of rules-lovers is that most rules run against our interests. And every rules person plays favorites – usually they aren’t interested in following ALL the rules equally.
But there’s this ONE rule they all seem to like just fine and they follow it to the letter, and wouldn’t you know it’s the one we hate the most.
Don’t feed the bears!
I don’t know about you, but my favorite kind of trail has no Ranger.
Your woodland pal,
If you could suspend one rule, which one would it be?