"...While I think of it though, there's an animal—and he ain't either a lion or a tiger—who don't get proper credit for being mean. He's the bear. A lot of people think bears're easy to handle, because they're not a showy animal, like a lion or a tiger."Well, of course, there are bears—and bears. Some have good dispositions and others have not. But when a bear's mean he's a whole lot more dangerous than a cat, because he can kill you quicker and in more ways. And, believe me, a lot of them are willing to try. "I've seen a bear take a pole away from a trainer and darn near beat him to death. If they get to you with a swipe of their paw, they'll either lay you wide open or crack your skull. And when they start after you in earnest it's almost impossible to stop 'em and still keep your clothes on. A bear bit my finger off one time—which is the only part of my person I ever lost..."