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Old 04-04-2014, 09:55 PM   #71
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I have hiked all over B.C.s' back country, even walked between a mother and her cubs, and I have not had any problems with bears. In Hyder Alaska they sneer at people who fear bears black and brown. You have to just remain calm and treat them respect.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:46 PM   #72
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Sorry Al...but I think your asking for when traveling between a sow and her cubs. I you did this knowingly, that's not giving the respect and distance to a wild, unpredictable animal that can take your scalp off with one swipe. And that goes for moose also. They just love to stomp a fool. One small peep out of that young'un and your dead meat. Remember that some folks on this forum may not be as experienced as you indicate.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:54 PM   #73
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.....Remember that some folks on this forum may not be as experienced as you indicate.
That's ME... I've only seen a bear (any kind of bear) in pictures or images on the Internet... or Zoo. And yes, I live in a state where there are Bears. But, where I (typically) camp.... racoons, coyotes, slugs and mosquotes are a "bigger" problem. YMMV
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Lone male bears are more likely to charge than a mom and cubs. Had a mother black bear chase her cubs up a tree and woof at me from 20 ft away. Here's a few maulings in popular camping places: a brown bear killed a camper in Hyder, a black bear killed a camper and mauled others at Fort Liard hot springs, some hikers were mauled on their way to Kinney Lake on the Berg Lake Mt Robson trail, a runner mauled and killed near Canmore. Don't mean to scare folks and agree need to treat them with respect. The occurrences are more often than publicized. I think better to be knowledgable about bear safety, carry bell and mace than not. Kind of like wearing a personal floatation device when on the water - never know when you will need it. There has been research done on bear spray and it works:
Spray more effective than guns against bears: study - Technology & Science - CBC News
http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/bear_coug...prayAlaska.pdf
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:22 PM   #75
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That's ME... I've only seen a bear (any kind of bear) in pictures or images on the Internet... or Zoo. And yes, I live in a state where there are Bears. But, where I (typically) camp.... racoons, coyotes, slugs and mosquotes are a "bigger" problem. YMMV
Those Wet Coast Slugs are monstrous and very terrifying beasts.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:07 AM   #76
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Have you ever seen a "tourist" with a cheap point and shoot camera try to get closer and closer to get a good close shot of a mother and her cute baby?
I have a couple of times and it didn't go well for them. One was an elk and I tried to point out the error of his way. As he turned to tell me to mind my own business...the elk cow charged him and nearly got him with her hooves. That was in RMNP. My back yard from 2000 to 2006.
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A really good camera with a telephoto lens is a lot cheaper than long-term hospital bills.
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A really good camera with a telephoto lens is a lot cheaper than long-term hospital bills.
Doesn't matter. You still have to get closer, and closer and closer
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Heavens, I can assure you that was quite by accident with dense bush on either side of the trail. The sow stood up and we slowly backed away while facing her.
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Those Wet Coast Slugs are monstrous and very terrifying beasts.
First time I saw them I thought they were something out of a bad sci-fi movie...."Radioactive Mutant Slugs"
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