John Peel

Outside chance

“What’s growing on that tree?” a young boy asked.

Karen Carver, the Durango Nature Studies instructor that day, hadn’t even noticed the fuzzy material on the low branch. This was not part of the class curriculum. The fuzz was bear fur. Nearby, the youngsters found bear tracks.

Their attention was riveted.

John Peel is Features Editor at The Durango Herald. He can be reached at

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