I am pleased to report that during my 10 days in Montana, I was not mauled by a bear.
This happy outcome is not what I was led to expect. Bear warnings are everywhere in western Montana. This sign greeted us as we drove to Missoula:
There is a bear warning at every trail head:
This second one, to be fair, focuses not on bear avoidance, but on which kinds of bears one is allowed to shoot.
And then there is this throwaway line, in the instructions pinned to the fridge at our VRBO. The hosts explain that it is…Read more