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Bearskin, Forks, Washington, 2009

Bearskin, Forks, Washington, 2009

This skin is draped over a chair at the entry to a local restaurant. It is a hunterís trophy, a reminder that man often will take from nature whatever he wants. I stress the bearís fierce expression, mouth wide open, displaying its dangerous teeth. Yet the bear is mute and powerless here, strapped on to the back of a bench as an ornament in a restaurant. It no doubt is intended remind visiting tourists that they are at the edge of Olympic National Park, where creatures such as this are still free to roam. But for some, this shell of a bear, lashed in death upon a hard bench, will underscore the precarious state of the environment as a whole.

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Phil Douglis05-Jul-2009 20:50
Hunting trophies are part of our culture, Carol. Man has always hunted, first for food and then for sport and honor. The taking of game is also protected under our laws. Yes, it is a sad image to me as well. But if it makes us think about man's relationship to nature, it was worth making.
Carol E Sandgren05-Jul-2009 20:40
Indeed, a terribly sad image. How I hate to see dead animals displayed as a badge of honor or in any other way.
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