His hat was given to him by a squirrel, Dave, who had stolen it from a park ranger. Hairy Gary doesn't condone stealing, but he also didn't want to offend Dave by not accepting the gift...plus, Gary thought the hat made him look distinguished and might aid in attracting a mate.
If you're ever hiking in the mountains and catch a whiff of freshly baked zucchini bread, Hairy Gary is probably close by.
(Pilot Prera Fountain pen, medium nib, with Noodler's ink on 28lb. laser paper)