This one is about two ladies carrying a sack of cookies headed for
the restroom at Tower Falls. A roadside bear a short distance from the
restroom was thrown several cookies. Without thinking about it, the pair
went on their way to the restroom. Within a few moments of their arrival
8 or 9 ladies ran out of the restroom screaming - dresses up and pants
down! The bear had come to polished off the rest of the cookies and then
had returned to the roadside.
We usually get squirrels in our bird feeders!!!
Another one is about a cowboy from Texas who roped a two year old Grizzly
at Dragon's Mouth. The bear was bothering people in the area. I don't
remember staying to see how it all turned out!
I was 11 years old when my family embarked on our annual Yellowstone vacation. As occurred every year, my
parents offered $5.00 to the first person to see a bear. This offer
always was made but I had never seen a bear in my life time. So one
evening at about 5:00 pm, we went to the "Whiskey Flats Picnic Area"
(located between Madison and Old Faithful, it has since been named
"Picnic Area" because the sign always got stolen.) We were having our
favorite dish, macaroni and cheese with tuna fish. As dad was cooking it
up on the portable stove, a van came cruising into the picnic area and
raced toward us. Mom went white, not knowing who was in the van, nor
what they were going to do to us.
Suddenly the window was rolled down and the passenger was yelling "There
is a bear headed for you!!!" Mom freaked!!! So us children, being
obedient to our mother, became hysterical, just like our fearless
mother. "Everyone in the truck (Bronco)!!!" she yelled and then
proceeded to throw us all in. So mom and us kids were sitting in the
truck shaking and white with fear when we looked at dad. There he stood
in front of the stove cooking the macaroni and cheese with a smile on
his face. We all started screaming at him but he said that no bear was
going to eat his dinner.
Then "The Bear" came out of the woods and continued to make his way
toward what he thought to be his" dinner. He was about 50 feet away.
When dad saw this grand daddy silver-tooth grizzly coming straight
toward him, he decided that dinner was done! He kind of jogged toward
the truck, hopped-in and proceeded to dish up the macaroni and cheese.
Meanwhile, the bear realized that we were humans and his dinner was no
longer available; thus, he lazily departed. But I assure you that we
didn't eat a bite and remained horrified of the recent threat for the
following couple of hours. After the bear was gone, mom immediately
began scolding dad for being so stupid. But I don't think he listened;
he was too upset at himself for leaving the camera at home!
The rest of the night was filled with talk of what could have happened
had the van not warned us of the approaching bear. Since this memorable
trip, we have seen many bears, and every time we have that special
privilege, we are reverenced with admiration and respect for the
all-powerful and mighty bear that had once invited himself to dinner
with the family.