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Dodging Montana bears in 2006

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Really flat!
Incidentally, while we explored and photographed in this sedge field, Beth and I used a protocol that we do whenever we are sharing habitat with large predators such as mountain lions or bears. Research suggests that lion attacks on humans are more likely to occur when people are leaning over, bothering with their shoelaces or poking at the ground. At such times, the people look more like the four-footed ungulates that the lions are more likely to consider prey.

So when I was hunched over my camera gear, Beth would stand fully erect and keep an eye out. Meanwhile, if she started poking around at the ground, I'd keep watch. It probably looks absurd, our bobbing up and down out of phase with each other, but I think it is a reasonable precaution.

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