With news that grizzly bears are emerging from their dens, today (like many days) we are reminded of the iconic Yellowstone bear, Scarface. He taught more people about the importance of nature than almost any wild animal in history.
And Scarface profoundly impacted our lives. Simon first met him when he was a cub and watched Scarface for most of his 26 years in the wild, often crossing paths with the large bruin at serendipitous moments in Simon’s life. Scarface was one of Jill’s first bears, and her (co)favourite, teaching her how to spend time amongst wild animals and reminding her how much more we, as humans, have to learn about our natural world.
His life was cut short when he wandered outside of Yellowstone’s border and surprised an elk hunter at night. His death remains controversial, but what’s not is the fact that Scarface would likely still be wandering the world’s first national park today if the man he encountered one fateful night had carried bear spray.
We work every day to honour Scarface’s legacy of education through Nature Labs – striving to help high school students use creativity to strike a better balance between the needs of people and nature. But all of us can honour Scarface with one simple action this bear season: carry bear spray at all times in bear country, no matter how short the walk or how populated the area. You could save a bear’s life, and yours.
Help us create a world where we all strive to create a better balance between the needs of people and nature.
Whether it’s $50 or $500, every dollar counts.
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