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COMMENTARY · 1st August 2011
Walter McFarlane
On my way to Terrace the other day, the wildlife of the Kitimat Valley showed itself. A black bear, sat on the side of the road at a corner, unmoving, watching the cars go by. There was no one behind me on the long stretch of highway, nor, when I rounded the bend, was there anyone oncoming.

Glancing in my review, I watched the bear crossing the highway at a lumbering pace. With a second glance back, a little cub followed it across the road.

I personally believe that animals are a lot smarter then we give them credit for. I had just written an article which I was not proud of, where the voice of authority deemed pets as objects, rather then members of our families.

But here is a bear, teaching her cub to look both ways before crossing the street. The bearís angle was visible from both sides of the highway and she was probably looking down both sides of the corner for the right time to cross.

On my way home from a friends house the other day, the nightlife of Kitimat showed itself. A disorganized migration of youth, from one location to the next. It was 2 Am, Saturday morning between all three traffic lights so Iíll let you use your imagination as to where they were going and where they were coming from.

A majority of the young people were walking in the middle of lane, facing traffic and wearing dark clothing. The young people who were walking in the darkness cast by a burnt out streetlamp near Rosarios were nothing but mere outlines from the corner of the Kuldo Extension.

Take away from this story what you will. The bears crossed the road, and the youth did get off the street for the passing car, but are animals smarter then people?