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from robotip on 02.23.11
Regarding bear spray...it can and does work, as has been proven many times through actual use by people caught...usually unexpectedly...in the presence of a bear that didn't like anyone that close to them.
Keep it handy, not in your pack...!!
Caution...make SURE that the bear spray is EPA registered. This means that the can will supply a minimal amount of spray, will spray for a minimal distance, is orange in color, etc.
I carry pepper spray on my hikes...as well as TP ;0)...in case I need one or both..
Answer #1...Whenever I see a bear, I just keep on driving...!!
Answer #2...Beware--Grizzly bears are sometimes tree climbers, also...!!
Answer #3...Do your best to stay out of its way. Deliberately scan the area(s) as you travel. If you can spot those criters first, you've already got the upper hand.
Kody I try real hard to not say anything offensive or off color, but when some posts come up I have to restrain myself real hard. When I first read this post, having not been around bears before, all I could think of is that I would make a big mess in my pants to have to clean up, (scare the feces out of me). Therefore the toilet paper offered to the bear like the bears in the commercial was pretty darn funny. But in my case, I would have been the one using the Charmin.
Santa, I read your comment several times and I am unable to understand your meaning. Are you laughing along with the rest of us or what?
I found the site! I had stayed out of this question on the other site because the answer to my reaction would have needed some of the afore mentioned article after the bears were through with it.
This is a difficult question to answer. How big is the bear? How late in the season is it? Does the bear have an unusual pelt coloration? Is it at your bait, where you have time to study it, or is it leaving a meadow and you have to make a snap decision? These are all factors to consider when you see a bear!
Anyone remember the joke about the rabbit and the bear? The bear asks if the rabbit has problems with stuff sticking to it's fur. The rabbit says no. The bear uses the rabbit for T.P.
Kody, I'm sure calling a wild animal snuggles, & offering it some tissues is not 100% safe but it wouldn't hurt to try :-)
You are most welcome Pineywoods, we are never too old to learn a thing or two.
I just can't believe that I didn't recognize that as an instructional video. It is so obvious now that you point it out.
Does a bear do what in the woods? ---And of course he needs a quality wipe afterwards and would be endlessly appreciative.
Kody, you may have saved me some grief in a future bear encounter.
PS I can not believe that Pineywoods and Dropjhook did not know the real answer to this question. What? Don't you guys own a TV? I have commented in the past that Dropjhook was born in the wrong century ( I say that as a compliment Dropjhook) but Pineywoods has no good reason or excuse for not being tuned to the best that the modern media has to offer.
Opps! Please drop the 'is' in the second to last sentence... it was long day!
As a boy who wandered thru the National Parks visiting mountain lakes with my fishing rod in hand I carried a flare with me for protection against bears. Yes, that seems inadequate to handle an encounter with a bear but it was the best we could do. I always visualize the 4 inch flame from that flare stretching 6 feet behind me as I raced away from the grizzly. Fortunately, I never had occasion to fire the thing up. Outside of the parks I had the good sense to carry a shotgun loaded with OO buckshot 3 inch Magnum rounds. Dropjhook's advice is sound especially with a rifle or shotgun as a confidence builder.
However, the best way of learning how to dealing with bears is as near as your TV. Always carry a roll of quality toilet paper along with you and offer it up to the bear as a peace offering. The toilet paper people who have made it their business to know about bears assure us that bears are most appreciative of a good roll of toilet paper. This is would appear to be particularly sound advice when encountering a she bear with cubs. Shows how wrong we were in saying hard lead was the answer when a soft touch where it counts was the answer.
Play dead if it is only 1 bear. If it is a black bear DON'T climb a tree. if you are on a steep hill, run DOWNhill because bears' front legs are shorter and the bear will tumble head over heals.
depends I agree with pineywoods, Most bears try & avoid conflicts with humans. Each bear has it's own personality & each situation is very different. Some bears are curious, some are shy even some have the bully mentality. One thing for sure is never let out anykind of distress sounds whatsoever (like screaming). The first thing I notice they pay attention to is our body language, Move in confidence at all times, get in a defence position like behind a tree, let them hear your gun cocking back. After all that most bears tend to figure out it's best to leave the area for you. But it don't always work out like that the best thing to do is be prepared & think fast & show them no weakness!
Bears are unpredictable in my opinion and should always be treated with caution. I certainly wouldn't take my eyes off them as I moved away.
It would depend wholly on your situation. How far away is the bear? How far away is a climbable tree? Black bear or Griz? Are you armed? With what? Are you alone? How fast can you run? Are there cubs involved? The list goes on.....
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