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Bear breaks in, shot under deck

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ” A bear estimated to weigh 600 pounds was shot and killed after it broke into a home in the early morning. The family locked itself into a bedroom and called police.

The arriving cop said the bear charged him, and he shot at it, but only grazed it. The bear fled, and after a search was found under a neighborhood balcony. It was killed, authorities tell the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Bear activists report that fire, drought, and poor food crops have resulted in a large number of bears being killed in California this year. The old record of 20 will be doubled if current trends continue, they say.

KREMMLING, Colo. ” Reporter Will Bublitz parked himself this summer at an archaeological site along the Colorado River, volunteering to sift through the dirt for two days to see what it held.

In a way, he found very little ” a few dozen flakes of rock, not even a full projectile point, which is what most people call an arrowhead.

Just the same, he was plenty awed. “Holding that first tiny stone flake up to the light, it struck me that I was probably the first human to have seen this object in more than 12,000 years,” he writes in the Sky-Hi News.

Looking across the ages, he wondered about that prior person’s dreams, loves and hates, and more generally what his life was like.

It was a nomadic one, say archaeologists from the University of Wyoming, and this site near Kremmling ” which is equidistant from Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, and Breckenridge ” was rare in that it was used for several weeks.

The occupation 10,000 to 12,000 years ago occurred soon after the last major ice age ended. The people, called the Folsom, were the earliest confirmed in the Western Hemisphere (although speculation abounds of much older arrivals).

Evidence of the Folsom people is rare altogether, and even more rare in mountainous areas.

Some of the larger animals of the ice age still were around at this time. Among them was a species of bison that was 15 percent larger than bison of today. Bones of those bison are found at the campsite.

Some of the stones at the site manufactured into weapons and tools came from a nearby quarry, but other types of rock came from near Castle Rock and Salida, both in Colorado, and the Green River Valley of Wyoming and Utah.

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