Story and Video by Carolyn Moreau
Photo by Michael Kodas
Sometimes, the coolest things happen on assignment. My job this morning involved an early shoot on a student bus at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A short time after I climbed aboard, around 7 am, the driver’s radio crackled. All drivers were warned that a bear was in a tree at the aptly named Bear Creek apartments.
The bus route went under where the bear was sitting in the tree, although police closed down the one lane so we didn’t pass directly underneath. We cruised by the bear many times, with students peering excitedly out the window. I’m guessing by this time, the poor animal deeply regretted his decision to cut through campus in the early hours of the morning. My shoot ended just in time for me to race back to the spot and capture footage of the darted bear falling out of the tree. He (or she) was taken away by the Department of Wildlife. Normally I’d bring a tripod for wildlife videography, but I’d planned to shoot handheld on this assignment. So, no tripod means wobbly video.
I always budget a little extra time on video shoots just in case something unexpected causes a delay. But I’ve never had the unexpected thing turn out to be a bear.