The Right to Bear Tacos


What would you do if you happened to witness a car crash that injured no humans but mortally wounded a black bear?

If you’re Jackson Landers, you finish the bear off with a hunting knife (!), skin it (!!), and eat it (!!!): “…once I began running it through the meat grinder, the stuff became a household staple. Think bear tacos, spaghetti with bear sauce, lime-marinated bear stir-fry served over ramen noodles.”

Perhaps it makes sense that Landers is both a predator-vanquishing huntsman and a gourmet chef—the dude wrote an entire book called Eating Aliens about capturing and cooking invasive species.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →