A bear trap and a rabbit in her snare
Day 26, five people remain, and Rose Anne Moore of Wellsboro is among them.
At this point in the History Channel series “Alone,” half of the 10 participating wilderness survivalists have tapped out.
The morning temperature this day at Chilko Lake in British Columbia, Canada, is 29 degrees. We see Moore later in the day, warming her hands around a glass bottle that washed ashore.
The show allows contestants to use and repurpose any items they find, and this bottle is a prize. Not only can Moore warm her cold hands, she can make and drink rosehip tea from what appears to have once been a beer bottle.
“You’ve just got to spit out the seeds,” she says.
Scavenging for food is challenging in the wilderness. While she’s been able to sustain herself on plants she finds in this environment, she needs protein.
“I have to get some meat,” she says.
Fishing has been difficult at her site, so she tries a different tactic. Setting out into the woods to set snares, she stumbles across something in the ground and proceeds to dig it out. It’s a steel bear trap and a reminder that she needs to be careful “out here” as these are old trapping lands.
The show shares information about the locality periodically. It explains that in the early 1600s, European settlers were the first to use steel traps in North America. More recently, in 2017, all grizzly hunting in British Columbia was banned for all non-First Nations people.
“It’s heavy,” she says as she hoists the massive trap up for the camera. “This is telling me that this is a bear traffic area.”
While Moore may not be allowed (or want) to trap a bear, we are left to wonder if she will find a way to repurpose the device to fashion other tools to help her survival.
Two days later, she awakens from a rough night. There’s snow on the ground outside of her shelter — and fresh bear tracks in the snow. She looks around and spots a bear along the shore.
Unable to scare him off, she sounds her air horn.
“He’s just circling me. I just don’t even know where to stand, so afraid he’s going to charge me,” she says, holding the tap-out button in her hands.
“There’s a point that this is not worth it,” she says. “At what point do I push the button?”
Apparently this isn’t that point. She pulls herself together and vows that this bear will not be the reason she cannot remain in the challenge.
“It’s time for me to be okay and get some stuff done,” she says.
Three more days pass. Moore still needs something more substantial to eat than berries and roots.
To her good fortune, this is the day that Moore finds a bit of success with her snares — she discovers that she has caught a rabbit.
Finally, a solid meal, a month into the adventure.
“Alone” airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the History Channel. Watch for future updates on Moore’s adventure in the Sun-Gazette’s Outdoors section.