A big dead bear? No!
It's just sleeping off a dart in the service of Example 16, Chapter 9.
Rolin Graphics (the illustrators), Thomson, Brooks-Cole (the publishers), and most of all Raymond Serway and John W Jewett (the authors ) are to be loudly thanked for making Physics for Scientists and Engineers a college physics textbook that is "Good enough to take to the bathroom" (thanks Kevin W.).
Physics for Scientists and Engineers has already replaced the 2008 Regents Earth Science reference table for light reading in that part of my house.
The text of the polar bear story problem reads "Suppose you tranquilize a polar bear on a smooth glacier as part of a research effort. How might you estimate the bear's mass using a measuring tape, a rope, and knowledge of your own mass?"
I've nerded out on this book before.