Bears and BBQ Don't Mix

Summer is here, and with it comes the urge to get out on the back deck and do a little barbecuing. As far as I'm concerned, few things symbolize the true soul of the United States of America more than a group barbecue. You can share it with family, friends, neighbors and even the family dog, if you're one of those types that treat your pet to table food. It's important to note, however, that it's a bit of a faux pas to give a wild bear barbecue. Never give a bear barbecue.

Or rather, don't feed bears at all.

A man in Alaska recently made that mistake, and paid the price, according to a report from ABC News. Anchorage resident Jesus Mabalot was on his bike, traveling away from a church picnic at the Eklutna Lake Campground—with a doggie bag stuffed in his backpack—when he noticed a black bear. According to reports, Mabalot apparently decided it'd be a good idea to see if the bear was interested in trying the barbecue.

Note: That's never a good idea.

Mabalot tossed his furry new friend a hunk of barbecue, and the bear scarfed it down. So Mabalot threw another piece the bear's way. He got the same result... only this time, the bear decided it was as good a time as any to attack the strange, hairless being that a plentiful source of food.

Mabalot apparently escaped the attack—the full details of which officials are having a hard time tracking down, since Mabalot was allegedly intoxicated—and was later found washing out his wounds by a campground employee. The authorities were called, and an ambulance transported Mabalot to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for scratches, bruises and a puncture wound in his jaw.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials failed to locate the bear, and there haven't been any follow-up incidents at the campground. No word on whether or not they considered barbecuing up some ribs and using them as bait.

And so, once again, a hapless individual has learned a pretty simple lesson in the hardest way possible: Don't feed the wildlife. On top of his injuries, which could have been a lot worse, Mabalot was fined $381. Don't feed the animals, folks. Especially not bears. They do just fine on their own.

Besides, if they really wanted a taste of your lunch they'd be working on stealing your pic-a-nic basket.

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1 Response to Bears and BBQ Don't Mix

Ray Block wrote:
July 01, 2013

Actually bears go very good with BBQ. Most any sauce will work. Just make sure the bear is dead 1st.