A Boy and A Bear In A Boat, Oh My:)

The Strange Thing arched its serpentine body to bring its head closer to the bear, all of its many eyes starring straight at him with alien curiosity. The thing looked at the bear. The bear looked at the thing.

"Oh Well," said the bear. "Made a plan. Better stick to it, I suppose." And with that, mallet in paw, he leaped from the boat." - Dave Shelton



With the exception of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally diurnal, but may be active during the night (nocturnal) or twilight (crepuscular), particularly around humans. Bears possess an excellent sense of smell and, despite their heavy build and awkward gait, are adept runners, climbers, and swimmers. In autumn, some bear species forage large amounts of fermented fruits, which affects their behavior. Bears use shelters, such as caves and burrows, as their dens; most species occupy their dens during the winter for a long period (up to 100 days) of sleep similar to hibernation..