Talk of lumber markets has long involved reference to bears – the kind who view market forecasts with pessimism. However, these days it seems the real live wilderness kind have overtaken the news headlines. We’re cautioned in these parts to be careful when going into the woods today, to avoid becoming a part of grizzly bear instead of teddy bear picnics. This week alone in BC there have been several incidents of dangerous bear encounters. In addition to maulings in the BC Interior, a forestry worker is recovering in Victoria, BC hospital after being mauled by a mother grizzly Monday.