22 thoughts on “Encountering a Bear

  1. As I understand it, that step should only come after the type of bear has been identified. Peso bears, for example, can be aggressively confronted.

    Grizzlies, on the other hand, tend to just get pissed off when you shoot them.

  2. The National Park Rangers are advising hikers in Glacier National Park and other Rocky Mountain parks to be alert for bears and take extra precautions to avoid an encounter.
    They advise park visitors to wear little bells on their clothes so they make noise when hiking. The bell noise allows bears to hear them coming from a distance and not be startled by a hiker accidentally sneaking up on them. This might cause a bear to charge.
    Visitors should also carry a pepper spray can just in case a bear is encountered. Spraying the pepper into the air will irritate the bear’s sensitive nose and it will run away.
    It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for fresh bear scat so you have an idea if bears are in the area. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear scat.
    Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear droppings tend to contain small bells and smell of pepper.

    • Heh. Reminds me of the instructions we got when I went to Philmont with my Scout troop. The bears out there generally avoid humans, but we always hung our ‘smellables’ (anything with a scent that might attract a bear) and our food up in a tree to prevent any visitors.

      We never saw any bears, but we saw traces: bear scat, and an empty maternity tree (a tree where mama bear boosts her cubs up into it for safety while she forages; the tree invariably has deep, vertical claw marks on it).

  3. Leftists have no clue how to conduct themselves in the wild.

    They don’t fathom that you would need to be armed where wild animals might be present. Places like the Pacific northwest or the Serengeti or Ferguson, Missouri.

    • An aphorism I like to give from time to time is ‘Nature is beautiful to watch, but it should be done from a distance’. Too many people stupidly remember Disney films and are utterly gobsmacked when reality is shoved in their faces (I find Youtube highly useful for demonstrating the ‘red in tooth and claw’ aspect).

      Speaking of Disney, they have a lot to answer for. Deer are not adorable woodland animals for the most part. They’re usually dumb as a bag of hammers.

      • Various hunters tales call into question just how dumb deer might be, but they are certainly delicious.

      • Cube: There was a story that made the rounds a while back about a guy with a concrete statue of an elk in his front yard. Just about life size. (Strange, IMO, but hey, we’re all different)

        One morning he walked out and found it knocked over, the horns broken off. He was about to get angry, thinking it was vandalism, then he noticed something odd. About 20 feet away was a dead deer.

        Evidently the deer, a buck, had been in rut, and had decided to challenge the lawn ornament to a headbutting contest. And lost.

  4. Interesting advice, what with the waiting until a “nanosecond” before an 800 pound charging bear reaches you before you play dead. I know that I would have the presence of mind for that, in between screaming and having an accident.

  5. After reading that article, about the only thing they got right is the last bit. Black bears are generally more timid than grizzly bears. Then again, a -lot- of things are more timid than grizzly bears — like MMA fighters, grouchy rattlesnakes, and Peterbilt trucks.

  6. Saw a show where they re-enacted these two hippie chicks went to go hike…. Some where Scandinavian. They rented gear, and the guy asked if they needed to rent guns, it did they have their own.

    Oh, ho, silly guy.

    Apparently as they got ready, everybody kept asking them about guns… What silliness. They’re going hiking, They don’t need a Mauser…

    I’ll let you guys try and guess the “spoiler”….

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