I haven’t seen a bear all summer, except for the frozen variety, processed and wrapped in my freezer. I can’t bring myself to ever eat it. I have no problem with elk or deer, but bears are fuzzy and I rarely see them, so I feel like there aren’t enough of them out there for me to be eating one. This morning the Fish and Game officer stopped by the office to see if I wanted to come see a trapped bear. It’s the third bear they’ve trapped at the same ranch in the last week. They’ve relocated all three, as they haven’t become habituated to humans or human food yet. I wrote about another bear that broke into a Victor home a couple weeks ago. After we took the bear by the elementary school for the kids to take a look at and get a short lesson on bears and bear safety, we released the cutie back into the wild. Hopefully he won’t find trouble again.

A girl peers through the cage to get a glimpse of a black bear.

Am I free?