It’s different doing field work in the north (1)
June 27, 2010
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Reason #1: Bears.
I know I talk about bears a lot, but this is seriously the biggest (no pun intended…or maybe it is) hazard when working in the north. My field assistant is on a canoe trip for two weeks, and all my leads for a replacement had led…nowhere.
“So what, jeeeeze, just go do the work solo, ya big baby,” I hear you saying.
Oh, how I would love nothing more.
The reality is, grizzly bears are freaking everywhere, and they kill people, or else seriously injure them. There was another bear sighting last night, by the river.
The beautiful Coppermine river...which is crawling with !@#$% bears.
Without a second set of eyes attached to a person holding a rifle, you seriously can’t get any. work. done. out on the land. So I’ve been starting to feel a little frantic; I’ve got major trap collections scheduled for tomorrow. So I posted “help wanted” flyers in the two local grocery stores, and even found a “buy and sell” on Facebook. Well, it worked. I just got a phone call from a local hunter who has monitor experience.
Thank GAWD. Hopefully he’ll be able to help me out until my regular guy gets back, or maybe be able to help me find a replacement.