Banff National Park, Alberta, Greg Garrard discussed on Ideas



It's late june in banff national park the first of the wild flowers are in bloom the berries are on their way to it's a good season for the local black bears in grizzly bears to scope out alberta's both valley for food the snow is gone revealing a growing buffet for them which makes it an exciting time for me to be out with a biologist and for choline a moment to watch a grisly bear too preoccupied with eating to be bothered by the two of us in a car a safe distance away that feel flicked some kind of privilege like some sort of maybe not trust has been extended by the bear that's a bit anthropocentric but maybe for me is a biologist it's what am always trying to achieve with the animals i study to be able to see them in their world as they are unaffected by my presence in my research methods and so what a bear is just forging with his but to you and seems to have forgotten that you're here or maybe never cared in the first place it just feels like you're seeing he have a window into their lives as they live their lives that you don't have when you see a bear scampering across the road or snooping around some garbage even a quick glimpse of a bear in the wild just one moment of that barron action can have a long life in your imagination i know this first hand after watching a bear navigate its way across the bow river downstream of my canoe i wondered where was a going what was it capable of doing and if it even noticed me upstream if you off the average canadian the perspective of the bear is than it would be very different to the average briton i'm greg garrard i'm a associate professor sustainability at ubc okinawan i teach and research environmental literature and the human animal studies i think the one of the things that makes peres cult truly interesting is the quite extreme combination of wildness and domesticity in our in our cultural imagination on the one hand you have teddy.

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