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Old 08-27-2011, 07:08 AM   #29
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There was a HUGE drug bust in the Mendocino National Forest while I was down there a couple of weeks ago.
Major marijuana stands eradicated and a few meth labs dismantled...

The bears have probably moved out down there due to deteriorating property values!
Maybe the bears stayed counting on employment ?
"Pot growers have come up with a novel answer to protect their marijuana farms with well-fed bears" read it here: Surprised Cops: B.C. marijuana farmers using black bears to protect crop | VANCOUVERITE
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:31 AM   #30
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Coyote Attack

Nearby Weymouth, MA, a town of 53,000 people with a population density of over 3000 people per square mile had a coyote attack this week.

A grandmother and a two year old child were walking on a sidewalk when a coyote attacked from the rear taking a significant bite from the child.

A neighbor came to their rescue. They escaped as did the coyote. Apparantly this town has 5 packs of coyotes near its reservoir.

People do expect to be sidewalk safe.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:13 AM   #31
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Bear spray

"Mauled despite using bear spray to ward the animal off".
https://www.adn.com/article/20150804...-near-sterling
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:20 AM   #32
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Bear spray

"Mauled despite using bear spray to ward the animal off".
https://www.adn.com/article/20150804...-near-sterling
And from 30 years in Law Enforcement I can tell you that pepper spray also fails to stop an attacker quite often. Whether human or bear.. avoiding the confrontation in the first place is always the best option.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:36 PM   #33
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As a result we bought a can of bear spray available at Walmart in Alaska. Maybe we need a second can for the trailer.
I had a can of bear spray explode in my car right before a 3 week road trip. I will never carry the stuff again... it was such a mess to clean up and awful to deal with and we still got twinges of it for 18 months afterwards.. that only stopped because I totaled my car in an accident and sold it for junk, otherwise I'm sure we'd still be dealing with burning eyes and random burning rashes.

I can say that after the initial experience I'd rather get eaten by a bear.. it was not fun.
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:09 PM   #34
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At least in Yellowstone, Home Base to wandering Bears, you can "Rent" a can of bear spray. $30 is a bit high to buy. And the Rangers there seem to think that it offers protection.
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Bear spray

"Mauled despite using bear spray to ward the animal off".
https://www.adn.com/article/20150804...-near-sterling
Actually the report sez that the victim "Tried to use bear spray to no avail" and that was only reported 2nd hand.

In Yellowstone the Rangers tell you to stop, face the bear and spray, running makes you their #1 favorite meal.

The Bear Spray cans I saw in Yellowstone must have been at least 12-16 oz in size.
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There is a best before date on bear spray. I just replaced mine.
I plan to eventually fire off the old one for practice, when I find a safe, unpopulated place.
I also carry bear bangers and flares. I don't recommend practicing with them, given the forest fires burning across the west.
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I can say that after the initial experience I'd rather get eaten by a bear.. it was not fun.
Wow, sounds like Bear Spray is some evil stuff!
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When we stayed at the Lake louise, (British Columbia), campground last summer we were surprised to learn that anyone without a completely hard-sided camper had to camp behind an electric fence! That meant that even "hybrid" trailers with the canvas pop-out section weren't considered safe from bears. The river next to the campground was off-limits while we were there because of grizzly activity. The attached picture is of the bear-proof food storage containers that were available to campers at Glacier National Park last year.
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In Denali only hard sided campers were allowed at the mile 30 campground, the furthest into the park
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Considering a bear can pull down with enough force to pull a steel car door off not thinking my FGRV will do much more than funnel the bear through window or door of their choosing.

Bears have sensitive noses but I doubt that spray would really stop them if they were in predator or attack mode.

Now if you spray your companion that will provide you with a better shot of out running the bear which may stop to deal with your blinded companion, and their screaming might even drive the bear off. Especially if they are yelling lots of bad words about you spraying them instead of the bear. Just Kidding but there is an inherent danger in going to someplace where you are not really securely on the top of the food chain. Accept it, prepare, use care, or don't go there.
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Someone above said: "Pots/pans and food go in the trunk of the car." Last spring, while camping in the Lake Tahoe area and on the east side of the Sierras, many campgrounds had bear boxes like in Ray's picture and it was mandatory that you use them. Notices everywhere said to NOT leave food or anything scented in the trunk of your car. Evidently bears have learned that car trunks are likely places to find food nd will rip them open to investigate. Campground hosts gave us conflicting advice. Some said it was OK to leave food in your refrigerator in your trailer and one said you could leave food in your cupboards as long as you were camping in a hard-sided trailer or RV. Like the picture in Donna's original post shows though, a FG trailer is not bear-proof! We struggled to do the right thing, putting dog food, food from our cupboards, the ice chest we keep in the car and toiletries and cosmetics in the bear box. It was a hassle and hard to fit everything in. We left food in the fridge though. We do carry bear spray just in case.
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The reality is that most RVers want to go to Alaska. We were surprised that you'd begin a simple hike and the trail head sign would have a posting saying "bear reported on trail at 10 AM". You need to be minimally mentally prepared.

We hiked one day to the head of a glacier in Alaska and were chatting with the rager. Her walkie talkie buzzed and another ranger reported a bear walking down the main trail along the edge of the glacier. Definitely a place to be alert.

In Denali we saw 18 Grizzles, just enormous bears.

What was particularly tough for us is that we had two grand children with us... the good thing was they could our run us... I know don't run. Ginny would have sacrificed herself for the kids.

My brother is a regular Glacier Nat Pk hiker and always carries bear spray. His adult kids carry guns.
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