Maybe it’s just my over-protectiveness when it comes to animals of the ursine variety – after having lived alongside them in sequoia for so many years – but as sad as this story is, I still can’t help but think: Wild animals are wild animals, and human carelessness can be prevented. And once again, it’s the animals who were doing nothing more than trying to live their lives as they’re meant to, who ultimately suffer the fate of this carelessness. If you go around tempting the Fates and petting bears like they’re happy-and-harmless-bumbling-ole-Pooh, bad, bad things are bound to happen. As simple as that. People really, really need to think about what they’re doing. Grr.