The back story on a wayward black bear who keeps popping up around these parts, hundreds of miles from where he should be, has a hint of homo sapiens to it. You see, he’s trying to find himself.
The back story on a wayward black bear who keeps popping up around my town, hundreds of miles from where he should be, has a hint of homo sapiens to it.
You see, he’s trying to find himself.
According to an expert on black bear behavior, he appears to be at an age when his momma bear has decided it’s time for him to make his own way in the world.
He’s no longer at home on his mother’s range.
He’s been kicked to the curb, perhaps with an admonition “to write when you find work.”
This can be seen as an encouraging sign that the bear economy is doing well, since human offspring these days are often stuck in the nest because jobs aren’t paying enough to accumulate a nest egg.
A colleague put this bear’s psyche in perspective for me when I mentioned the whole mother “displacement” theory.
“You mean he’s a generation X’er?” she said with a laugh.
Hmm, something like that. Maybe more of a generation Y or Z, though, since he’s only about 2 years old.
At any rate, being of a generation that comes closer to A than Z in the alphabet, I admit to some cultural stereotyping when I ponder this furry fellow’s likes and dislikes. I’m pretty sure he:
· goes to parties posted on Facebook;
· has a gamer blog;
· likes Lady Gaga but not her last CD;
· is toying with becoming a vegan;
· pretends to like “The Twilight Saga” to get with chicks;
· would like to backpack across Europe;
· doesn’t know who Bill Bixby was;
· takes pictures of other bears with his phone;
· has 7,000 songs on his iPod;
· specifies Capt. Morgan when ordering rum and coke;
· has a neck tattoo and both ears pierced;
· can do a Nollie on his skateboard;
· never has to refer to the Urban Dictionary;
· and, of course, relies on his GPS for directions.
Frank Mulligan is an editor in GateHouse Media New England’s Plymouth, Mass., office, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.