Sorry. Please know I know the difference between it is (it's) and its. Writing fast, drinking wine, didn't re-read carefully. And if you would like to come punch me in the nose, or better yet, pepper spray me, I'll be at the Festival of the Book in a couple of weeks.
As the author of this article (and after reading the comments here and in other papers where this piece appeared) I agree it is terribly short-sighted of me and worse, irresponsible not to carry bear spray for the reasons mentioned. It is a sad fact that I hadn't considered that a bear would be punished (killed) for doing nothing more egregious than being a bear. I'm imagining meeting one by accident and it is protecting it's young or something of the sort and neither one of us is to blame. And believe me I do not want this to happen. Still, I am not above admitting to being a hypocrite (nearly every last one of us is, yes? in one way or another, at one time or another?) and because I feel the chances are so slim (and they are) of being mauled, I will continue to not carry bear spray. I will also travel in the backcountry alone. Ski alone, and with no beacon. Irresponsible? Yes. It is how I prefer to do things, and I'll take my chances. Furthermore, I'm not a misanthrope. I simply believe we don't need to occupy every last square of this earth. And I will carry a tent and first aide kit and such and not go naked to encounter the wilderness on it's own terms. Such arguments are foolish. As I am.
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