High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Interest: Mountain biking, hiking, nature photography, astronomy, music...
This reminds me of a prank I pulled on a co-worker that was based in the same camp as me a few years back. He pulled a couple of pranks on a few of us so I just couldn't resist pulling one on him. One day when I was out mapping I came across a very (VERY) large deposit of dried bear poo. I put the poo in a sample bag and took it back to camp with me. That night I separated some of the poo from the rest and rehydrated it in another bag. When it was good & ripe, and late at night, I dumped it on the ground a few feet from his tent. I repeated this two more times during the week (there was lots of it). Others knew what I had done and joined in conversation with me at breakfast. I of course had Stephen Herreros' "Bear Atacks" book with me when I sat down at the table next to him. The topic of the conversation was how to tell the difference between grizzly poo and black bear poo. After careful examination the rest of us all agreed that it was definitely grizzly poo and based on the diameter, most likely a large one. I still can't believe we all kept a straight face. We then talked about how a person's diet might cause them to be more attractive to a bear than other people. Two of us actually moved our tents to sites further away from his tent. At times, he was visibly nervous.
I told him what I had done about two months later. We were pretty good friends at that point. I just made sure it was on the last day in camp.