My uncle purloined this WVDNR “Black Bear Sanctuary” sign in the 70’s. In those days, West Virginia’s bear population was mostly restricted to the High Alleghenies. It was not unusual for areas with trout streams to be designated as sanctuaries for black bear. When my uncle encountered this sign on a trout fishing expedition, he thought it would be good to use for a prank. In those days, no one saw a bear in the lower elevations, so when he put the sign up at the end of the pasture, he caused something of a stir. Had the DNR set up a black bear sanctuary in the lower elevations?
Because Pavel may be used to tree black bears in British Columbia, I thought it would be good to get his photo taken with this old sign. He thought it would be a good idea to play with the sign!