15 September 2010

Ruffin Prevost Explores the Surreal World of Bear Management


A well-written article in today's Gazette, that is, Wednesday 15 Sep, caught my attention. Going along with the idea that the really interesting story is not the original piece of news but rather the media's reaction to that news, this nicely written mini-essay documents the story of a bear killing a botanist back in June and then the aftermath of the media trying to get some information on the case.

Prevost mentions all the players from local sheriff's offices to the highest reaches of our federal agencies specializing in supporting the grizzly world of the Greater Yellowstone eco-system. One wonders exactly how many people and how many bears are actually involved, and if those numbers move in synchronous ways.

This article reminded me of the popular NCIS series in which a prominent feature is always one federal agency grating on another's overlapping jurisdictions. Have a read.

2 comments:

Deryn Mentock said...

Interesting...I hadn't seen this map (or the article you mention.) We were in town just after this happened.

Ken & Carol said...

Thanks for stopping in for a visit dear Deryn. This was an original article by some guy in Wyoming—Ruffin Prevost—published in the Gazette some months after the killing. That name may be a nom de plume.

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