THE WEST

Smokey Bear just got another makeover. Instead of sternly blaming us for not preventing wildfires, he’s become a huggy, supportive bear, reports The New York Times. Douse a campfire safely and the huge bear — still obviously a person in a bear suit — emerges from the forest to wordlessly hug his approval,...

Betsy Marston is the editor of Writers on the Range, an op ed service of High Country News hcn.org. Tips of Western weirdness are always appreciated.

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