15 Jun 2013

Nipping at His Heels

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Wolf pursuing motorcyclist on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park last Saturday.

National Post

Last Saturday, Banff mechanic Tim Bartlett was christening a new motorcycle through the Rocky Mountains when he had a rare wildlife encounter that was equal parts terrifying and enchanting. On a stretch of British Columbia’s Highway 93, a massive grey wolf emerged from the trees, lunged at his speeding ride and chased after him at full speed as he pulled away.

The story would have become little more than another legend clanging around the roadhouses of Western Canada if Mr. Bartlett had not whipped a camera out of his top pocket to record the event for posterity.

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Its good to know how easy it is to slip a link in the food chain.


Many years ago (1967) I rode a motorcycle through Yellowstone and motorcycles road trips were not common way back then. The ranger at the gate told me that probably somewhere down the road there would be cars stopped because of a bear sighting. He said that a bear would walk the line of cars looking for something to eat and when he got to you he would have it. So, his advice was, don’t stop, go around. Sure enough a ways down the road into Yellowstone a bear was indeed walking along a line of stopped cars looking for food. I did go around but even that was scary. The bear eyeballed me as I drove down the line and could have come for me but didn’t. He was startled by the much louder noise the pipes make one the motorcycle was directly beside him and kind of paniced and bumped into the car beside him.


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