It’s a Bear-y Good Time

Always nice to see a good educational show, about animals where you least expect it, especially when people might not see the animals otherwise.

A bear-y good time: Boat show runs through weekend

Boat show bears

Brown bears aren’t native to western Wisconsin, but five cubs have taken up a temporary home this week at the La Crosse Center.

Visitors to the 37th annual La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV and Hunting Show can snap photos next to a variety of animals not often found indoors, including two bear yearlings and a trio of 3-week-old cubs. The show opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, filling the Center with watercraft, trailer homes and critters.

“It really, honestly is a place that you can come and make your travel plans for 2014,” floor manager Ron Murphy said.

The menagerie features mammals often found in North America, though the bears are actually Syrian browns, native to the Middle East. Murphy hires an exotic animal company each year to add another interesting attraction to a show already as varied as its name implies.

“We’re trying to educate,” said Kevin Vogel, of Vogel’s Exotic Animal Shows. “It’s not just a display.”

The bear yearlings already weigh more than 100 pounds, and adults can grow up to 2,200 pounds.

“They’ll eat just about anything,” Vogel said. “Kind of like a garbage disposal.”

White tail deer, a lynx and a mink-like mammal called a fisher occupy cages around the bears in a display area set up in the South Hall. Two gray foxes prowl in another enclosure.

“They’re the only fox in the world that can climb,” Vogel said, as one of the foxes vaulted up the rungs of its cage to stare back at its observers.

Vogel also has a skunk, an opossum and an owl.

About 20,000 people attend the show every year to tour the numerous areas in the South Hall, Arena and North Hall. About 70 RVs and more than 80 boats are on display.

Booths will have travel information available from almost every state, Murphy said. Murphy is the president and CEO of Shamrock Productions Inc., a tradeshow production company managing a similar event in Duluth, Minn., next week and upcoming shows in Arrowhead and St. Paul, Minn.

“It’s a chance for people to come in and buy a boat if they want to, to see the most innovative products that are out,” Murphy said. “There are so many boats and RVs in here that it isn’t funny.”


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B


~ by topcatsroar on February 8, 2014.

One Response to “It’s a Bear-y Good Time”

  1. Unfortunately, Karen Woody is on the radar of the pretender animal “welfare” people that think it is a-O.K. for “rescues” to profit from seizing animals illegally, but don’t think it’ O.K. to legally operate a for-profit business that utilizes animals, MANY of which have been raised in captivity and do not know any other life other than being around humans under their care and protection.

    Once again, I am certainly not saying that some people don’t exploit animals for monetary gain because we all know that some do.
    However, painting everyone with the same broad brush is unfair, not civilized, and is often all about a mob-mentality forming led by a ringleader who is often “into” animal “welfare” for the money, the accolades, and the power, and then animals that truly are being exploited and/or not cared for slip through the crack once again because of all the whacko, “crying wolf” behavior of people who are quite frankly in this authors opinion sociopaths, and also suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder which is described as
    “a condition in which people have an excessive sense of self-importance, an extreme preoccupation with themselves, and lack of empathy for others.”

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