National Geographic : 1956 May
622 Melvin Ruder Gertie, Wearing the Innocent Air of a Teddy Bear, Sits on the Road and Begs a Handout Glacier has 400 bears, but only a dozen solicit food along the highway. Park people call them "bum" bears. Despite warnings of danger, many visitors could not resist the pleading of this blonde black bear. When two motorists took her picture without payment in food, she thrust a paw through a car window and scratched them. Rangers thereupon trapped Gertie and turned her loose in a remote area. Three weeks and 60 miles later, she was back at her old stand on Going-to-the-Sun Highway. Here Gertie sits erect-her most rewarding trick-while her cubs sniff out tidbits. Not long ago she disappeared, but an heir is reported carrying on the family trade (page 599).