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Old 04-03-2014, 12:43 PM   #41
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My singing would definitely drive a bear away.

But I hear you, we do the same. I have never used a bear bell before.
With my luck the bear would be hard of hearing….
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:04 PM   #42
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With all the time we spent living, fishing, hunting and traveling around northern BC not once did I ever need to take any defensive action against a bear. Bears by far want less to do with you then you do with them. That said you need to know how to travel around bears, most of these are common sense and are mentioned already. My view on pepper spray, yes I have a large container and figure it is a last resort if not armed but I would save the last bit of spray for yourself and hope the bear doesn't like spicy food...
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:38 PM   #43
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With all the time we spent living, fishing, hunting and traveling around northern BC not once did I ever need to take any defensive action against a bear. Bears by far want less to do with you then you do with them. That said you need to know how to travel around bears, most of these are common sense and are mentioned already. My view on pepper spray, yes I have a large container and figure it is a last resort if not armed but I would save the last bit of spray for yourself and hope the bear doesn't like spicy food...
LOL!!!

It seems that those that have spent a lot of time in bear country do respect, but not fear bears. I too have never had to take defensive action against a bear, other than to chase them off.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:19 PM   #44
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While chipping onto a green in waterton and few years ago a bear wandered across the fairway probably 50 feet behind me, I felt pretty stupid standing there with only a pitching wedge in hand. Thankfully he wasnt interested in us and was just taking a short cut across the golf course.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:36 PM   #45
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That is a great golf course for wildlife watching, eh? I have golfed maybe 100 times in my life, and more than half of them have been there. I stayed in Pincher Creek, and worked south of there near Waterton mostly, and got into golfing there after work for something better to do than just sitting in the lounge drinking.

I have seen whitetail, muley, elk and black bears there. On the 10th hole, a coworker that I was golfing with, had his tee shot roll past a black bears path. He came up from the slopes on the right and was just crossing over. We did not until he teed off. Good thing he never hit him. We just waited until he made it across the fairway before going for our second shots.
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Several years ago (1992?) a ranger at Yellowstone told me that more tourists injured by bison than bears. Seems many folks thought the bison were docile, like large cattle. On that same trip, there was a story in the newspaper about a family in Glacier who had secured their human food, but left their dog food under the picnic table, which (surprise!) attracted a bear. No one was injured, but the bear had to be put down because it was a repeat offender and had been relocated away from the campground before. The human offenders were going to be tried in court, with a maximum $10,000 fine.
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While chipping onto a green in Waterton ....
I was banned from the golf course in Waterton, something about having learnt all of my golf etiquette from Rodney Dangerfield.
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I was banned from the golf course in Waterton, something about having learnt all of my golf etiquette from Rodney Dangerfield.
LOL... I tell you, it was not a lot better with the crew I worked and golfed with.
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I have enjoyed this discussion on bears and deterrents against attack.
Let's be specific about what we mean talk about bears. In North America, we have four species of bears. These are black bears, brown bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears. Alaskan browns being the biggest @ 1000 lbs or more.
In some areas, including the lower 48, the black bear is at the top of the food chain. Thought to be more docile and flighty, black bears attack more humans than the other bears combined. This is because they live in areas where they are likely to encounter people. Especially around campgrounds and other areas where they forage for human food and trash. All though they are omnivorous (eating both plants and animals), they are still predators and well equipped to kill us.
Grizzly, brown, and polar bears are apex predators. They will in fact kill and eat black bears as well as deer, moose, marmots, fish, and yes people. All three must be taken seriously when trespassing in their domain.
It is against the law to protect your property(trailer and food) by lethal means in our parks. Only to protect life as a last resort is it permissible to shoot a bear in a park.
Big bore firearms such as the .500 S&W, .454,.44 , 12 ga. slug, .300 mag, and 30-06 are effective bear stoppers.
Experts say make lots of noise, stand your ground, look large, and keep your spray close at hand. Do not run and if knocked down, lay face down, cover your face and neck, and play dead for several minutes.
I just don't know if I could play dead while being mauled.
Again as others have suggested, stay bear smart by keeping your food properly stored away and staying vigilant while hiking.
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