This is what the true west is all about: unbridled passion for what lies in the unknown. Lewis and Clark had it. John Wesley Powell had it. And this guy, Mike “The Fishman” Kasic has it. Even in this video’s lighter moments, of which there are plenty, he’s darkly serious about the state of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Wild and brash, but acutely sensitive. This is worth the full ten minutes. I found this on The Snaz. A site you should frequent.
I like how Terje Sorgjerd finishes this brief, but massive in subject, video with this advice: “Have a personal relationship with nature.” And after you watch his work capture the incredible scenes that our night sky presents, you should be hard pressed to not want to heed his wisdom.
It’s hard to associate a happy ending with anything related to last year’s tragic grizzly mauling outside Yellowstone, when a Michigan man was killed while camping at Soda Butte, yanked from his tent.
It’s burly country up there, beautiful in its wildness. And most campers are fully aware of the risks involved with settling down in a tent in bear country, as were the folks in this incident. No violation of any bear camping principle occurred. Sometimes, wild animals do unexplained things.
Naturally, the offending bruin, a mother, was captured and put down. Unfortunate, but necessary. Her cubs were ill and most likely would not have survived much longer under her care.
Today, however, all three cubs are healthy and safe, and named Lou Lou, Dolly and Koda. They were presented to the public recently at ZooMontana in Billings, MT. The Missoulian has the breakdown on the three little bears.