Grizzly mama mauls deadbeat dad
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2002:
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montana–Buffalo Field Campaign staff
protesting against round-ups and slaughters of bison who leave
Yellowstone National Park quickly disassociated themselves from
Jeffrey Scheu, 36, who joined the campaign as a volunteer on August
26, identifying himself as “Jesshua Amun,” and suffered a broken
nose, facial cuts, and an injured knee two days later after he and
three other volunteers accidentally approached a grizzly bear sow
with two cubs.
The other volunteers either froze or dropped to the ground to
avoid posing a threatening appearance, but said Scheu tried to run.
Airlifted to Idaho Falls for medical treatment, Scheu turned
out to be wanted in Butler County, Ohio, for nonpayment of child
support. The Buffalo Field Campaign learned his actual identity from
“One bad apple slipped through our screening process and it
took a grizzly to point him out,” campaign spokesman Mike Mease told
Associated Press. “This is poetic justice.”
Both grizzly bears and bison injured other visitors to
Yellowstone during the summer. David Havlik, 47, of Lake Jackson,
Texas, and Paul Jocelyn, 37, of Albertville, Minnesota, were
gored by bison in late June and mid-July, respectively, after
closely approaching bison near Old Faithful. Thomas Crosson, 43,
on September 4 survived a mauling by a female grizzly with three cubs
whom he and a companion met near Columbine Creek, east of
Bison who enter Montana from Yellowstone have been killed
since the early 1980s as part of an attempt to eradicate bovine
brucellosis, endemic among the local bison and elk herds. Bison,
unlike elk, are believed to be capable of passing brucellosis to
cattle, though it is not clear that they ever have, despite the
theoretical possibility discovered in laboratory studies.
The Buffalo Field Campaign uses nonviolent and non-covert
direct action plus civil disobedience to try to save bison, while
bigger groups including the Fund for Animals, EarthJustice, the
National Wildlife Federation, the InterTribal Bison Cooperative,
and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition pursue legal strategies.
Their collective efforts were buoyed in mid-May 2002 when
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola recommended that the U.S. Forest
Service should halt cattle grazing in the Horse Butte region of
Gallatin National Forest, where contact between cattle and bison is
mostly likely to occur.
Portions of the Yellowstone bison herd try to forage around
Horse Butte nearly every winter. The Forest Service renewed a
10-year permit for summer cattle grazing in the area in December 2000.