Bloody Bears

From time to time when walking in the woods you may come across an old log that has been torn to shreds. Below is an example:


It was pointed out to me by a friend (who most likely wasn’t pulling my leg) that bears like to eat the bugs in old logs. So, the rip them open like we would a banana and munch away. I thought to myself, “If they can do this to a log,” as I stood there looking at this log, “I can only imagine what they can do to people.” This thought was followed by take the shot and get out of there just in case someone comes back for desert.
My friend further surmised that there was some red residue on it in spots on the wood.  If you look closely you can see it in the above image but here’s a better shot:


That would be blood. Bear blood to be exact. I guess a bears pain threshold is higher than his desire to eat. Now if you’re standing over a bloody log knowing this it’s quite unnerving. And that’s how the story ends because I didn’t stick around much longer.

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