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The Passing of the Old West

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Pages: 98

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Hal George Evarts

Excerpt from book: The old bear launched forth and coasted for two hundred yards, the cubs following at short intervals. Page 137. coming in to be fed in the haunts of man. The three bears came out high under the rims and crossed on to an old snow-bank that pitched down the slope. The old bear launched forth and coasted for two hundred yards on her haunches, the cubs following at short intervals. Wakinoo lost his balance and tumbled end over end, a whirling ball of brown fur. At least twice a day the bears took their coast. On all sides of him Woodson had ample evidence that animals frequently indulged in play when unmolested by men. The young of all species must have their games, the same as the young of the human race. The does and fawns came from the timber and moved across the meadow toward the cabin. When within a few yards they halted. In their big brown eyes was friendliness, also a hint of doubt, as if the animals were slightly alarmed by their own temerity. The scout tossed them crusts of bread and they gradually neared till at last a fawn thrust her muzzle toward Woodson's outstretched hand, her big ears working uneasily, then stretched her neck till she could reach the lump of sugar held between his fingers. Aside from the three bears the deer were the only creatures in the basin that would feed from his hand. The antelope, elk and moose did not fear him but would permit of no suchfamiliarity as that. Even the grouse, though they came to feed at his very feet, refused to take crumbs from his fingers. Conditions had been bettered materially during the past few years. The game in the Park was holding its own. The bears had learned that their lives were safe and had come in to make friends with man. Thousands of tourists marveled to see black and brown bears prowling the vicinity ...  

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