G8 Bear It

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police called it Operation Grizzly. Their mission: protect the G8 summit from terrorists, protesters and, it turned out, bears. The summit was held in the remote Kananaskis Valley. Surface-to-air missiles, CF-18 jets and thousands of troops patrolled the eight-mile-wide secure zone. The nearest protesters--two hours away in Calgary--didn't end up as much of a threat. Some held a "Knit-In." Others decided to drop trou. That left the Mounties free to watch the press corps. You needed a credential with a special bar code not only to get into the summit, but to get out. One member of the official White House TV crew had the wrong pass--and was held in a four-by-four chain-link pen for three hours. "I used to like Canadians until today," he said. The only action came when a bear visited a temporary military camp. Wildlife agents fired a "bear-banger" to scare it off. The noise startled the bear into falling out of a tree; it injured itself so badly it had to be put down. "They spend $200 [million] to $500 million to protect Bush and his cohorts and they can't even bearproof the camp?" said Brian Horejsi, a wildlife scientist in the valley. "Calling it Operation Grizzly is an insult to the bears."