The following post is the definition of "chaff," but . . .
Several folks on this forum have asked me about or commented on my avatar image, so for the record . . .
One Sunday a couple of years back, I was taking a winter walk at a local Metro Park near Columbus, OH instead of a real BPing expedition. The parks do one winter weekend each year with exhibits and displays along the way. One of them was being proctored by an acquaintance of mine.
As it turned out, more than a few years back, a hapless young brown bear had wandered into the park and started hitting up picnickers for food. The park staff felt they had no choice but to shoot the poor creature.
I am wearing the fur and holding the skull in Hamlet mode. The quotation associated with it is more than slightly modified from Hamlet:
"Alas, poor Yogi. I knew him, Horatio. He was a bear of infinite appetite. So they shot him."
There's something to learn from the bear's example, both as humans who interact with animals and as humans, particularly Americans, who make huge demands on the larger environment. However, I will leave it to you to decide what those implications are.
In other words, although the pose is meant to be humorous, no disrespect is meant to the bear, who is a noble creature deserving of our respect and protection.
Sorry about the chaff,