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Old 07-14-2003, 07:20 PM   #15
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A black bear wandered into our camp a couple of weeks ago, and ran right by our trailer.

Two men from another campsite "shooed" it out of the campground (while I watched from inside my trailer).

What I found amazing, was right behind the two men and the bear, were a string of other campers, following along, including several little children, including a baby being carried by the mother.

I swear, people don't realize how quickly that bear could turn and charge.

Reminds me of the time up at Lake Louise when Pam and I watched a tour bus stop at the sight of the grizzly bear ... several camera toting tourists climbed out, with pieces of bread in their outstretched hands.

Talk about stupid!

But, in answer to your question ... bears (like me) are naturally lazy beings. They are quick studies, learning the most efficient, effective method of getting food.

They rarely will go through the trouble of tearing into a hard-sided trailer when there are careless tenters or worse yet, pop-up tent campers, nearby.

One ranger told me they call the pop-up tent campers "picnic baskets" because the bears have learned that one swipe of a paw results in food.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:39 PM   #16
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pictures

Ken, I hate to be a nay-sayer, but the picture you posted is a fraud,
I received it in my e-mail about 2 months ago and did some research as I sometimes guide for a local outfitter.
If you follow this link , you'll get the proper info.

Still it was a massive bear, and I wouldn't want to meet up with that size bear unarmed.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:44 PM   #17
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Black powder or otherwise

You still need a permit from the batf, it is a form six, can be found on their website in downloadable format, then print it out and mail in the original, keep a copy for yourself. Takes about 4-6 weeks to get it back.
They will only issue this form if you are registered for a shooting event, or if you have a valid US hunting licence.
Trust me on this one, I hunt in the states on a regular basis, and so does my brother who is a licenced outfitter.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:55 PM   #18
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Thanks Joe.

So I guess I go without a gun. No real biggie but I always feel better with one onboard. The human predators out there are more scary than any wildlife.
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Old 07-15-2003, 09:47 AM   #19
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web myth

Thanks for that Joe. I was reluctant to say it first. Web myth is very pervasive it seems.

My instinct tells me that photo number two was taken at a different time of day, at a different geographical location - totaly unrelated to pict number one. The poor guy looks like the victim of a different set of circumstances altogether.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:11 AM   #20
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I apologize gang - I was taken in by the hoax.

Still, I have been in grizzly country and there is a genuine concern when it comes to these guys. Everything they come upon becomes theirs and heaven help you if you try to explain to one that the trailer belongs to you.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:16 AM   #21
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not all myth

Albany's Time-Union newspaper sunday july 13
Black bears raiding homes business and campgrounds
Blue mountain lake area and lake durrant campgronds.
i have it in pdf format if you want to read.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:29 AM   #22
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bearing up under pressure

We have a nuisance bear problem here as well, but we only have black bears. They do cause a lot of damage however.
We had one try to walk away with our garbage bin last week.
However, we have never had an incident with a bear while camping .
Not for the years we used a tent, or since we started with eggs.
I think for the most part using common sense and good practices will keep you safe.

As far as the web myth about the grizzly, I was taken in by it as well.
Then when something didn't seem quite right, I started searching for the real story.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:57 AM   #23
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These pics are no hoax. That is me and I took the pictures myself. They were taken along the Herrick River outside Prince George in northern British Columbia.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1424586b6d6Grizzly tracks.JPG/>
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Old 07-15-2003, 11:31 AM   #24
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Awesome footprint, nice Ruger, Is it a Blackhawk?
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Old 07-15-2003, 11:34 AM   #25
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Naw, it should have been a bigger pistol but it is the Bearcat. I used it to pot grouse. I had a rifle hung over my shoulder for serious work.
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Old 07-15-2003, 12:34 PM   #26
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Bears

http://www.kermode.net/terrace/spiritbear.html

Beautiful bears to see (if you are lucky)on your trip to Alaska if you go the
Prince Rupert way.
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:05 PM   #27
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Thanks Willma. I'm very familiar with the ghost bear. I used to frequent the Terrace and Rupert area of B.C. we are going up the Alcan and coming back the Cassiar Highway.

What a contradiction - a white black bear. :jester

These are grizzly bears tho.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f144274cab3eGrizzlybears.jpg/>
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Old 07-16-2003, 01:17 AM   #28
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Inappropriate links

Nancy,

Ken gave plenty of warning that his link had strong content. Unfortunately, I went to your comments first & you gave no such warning. I will wish forever that I had not clicked on that link. Please put warnings on such information. I'm not sure that is even appropriate for such a "gentle" forum as our little eggs.
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