Hopefully, right of way will be decided when the loud noises made by shooting the pistol into the air scare away the bear. Otherwise, pistol shots at such close range may only irritate the bear. The man carrying the canoe will take too much time time to put the canoe down, load his rifle and take aim. Picture Puzzle Exchange puzzle made by Isabel Ayer, Boston, MA 1909 c.. Plywood, non-interlocking, cut extensively along color lines. Artist is Philip R. Goodwin, one of many scenes he painted of 2 hunters/canoeists/hikers encountering dangerous wildlife (usually bears) in the wilderness.