Weird Wrap: Man in bear costume taunts hungry bears

A mother bear and her cubs. Stock photo by Getty Images

You’ve heard of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but what about a man in bear clothing?

Last week, an unidentified man was observed taunting a bear and two cubs trying to fish for food near Haines, Alaska. As if that wasn’t foolish enough, he was dressed in a full bear costume!

According to Alaska Fish and Game technician Lou Cenicola, who was there to count fish, the man’s bear outfit was pretty realistic and he was jumping up and down very close to the cubs. Cenicola approached the man, who refused to identify himself and who then drove away without removing his costume.

Such an incident can result in wildlife harassment charges. In B.C., just a two-hour drive from where the incident took place, disturbing and harassing wildlife is prohibited, as it is in most Canadian provinces. 

Next time you encounter a bear, see if you can spot a man behind the face. 

Graveyard flower thief caught on video

It appears that the wildlife is not the only thing being harassed. Those buried in St. Peter’s cemetery in London, Ont. are dealing with a flower thief.

A young woman was caught on video ripping up the freshly planted flowers off Alma Allerston’s grave. Alma passed away on Easter Sunday this year. Her daughter, Marg Allerston-Medeiros, says “It’s happened probably 10 or 12 times now.”

Apparently, this has been happening for the past three months and the stolen flowers are sometimes found in a nearby garbage bin with no explanation. The London police are looking for the slim woman featured in the video.

Insurance company must pay grow-op owner

From stolen graveyard flowers to stolen property and marijuana plants.

A judge in Kamloops, B.C. has ordered Wawanesa Insurance Co. to compensate a homeowner for the loss of his house and its contents following the RCMP’s discovery of a marijuana grow operation in the house.

In April 2010, the RCMP found more than 600 marijuana plants, stolen property and illegal firearms in the basement. The following day, the house was mysteriously destroyed in an arson.   

Wawanesa denied benefits believing that Steven Davidson ─ who had a criminal record for forgery and possession of stolen property ─ knew about the grow-op in the basement and was responsible for the arson. The insurance policy would make the coverage void if arson had anything to do with a grow-op whether or not the homeowner knew about it. 

Davidson argued that he was not aware of the grow-op and had been working away from Kamloops. At the time of the arson, Davidson was out on bail for assaulting his wife and could not come within 100 meters of his house, where his wife lived.  

The judge found that there was no connection between the arson and the grow-op and accepted Davidson’s evidence that he did not know about the misdeeds in the basement. 

Davidson was awarded $215,000 in compensation, even though Wawanesa’s evidence included a video that showed him discussing his visit of the house, stating: what he’d seen “down there” was “very pathetic.”
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