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Old 03-01-2007, 02:16 PM   #29
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This looks like the same thread that was here pre-hack. Same arguments. Can't change the minds of those in favour or those against.
Myself, I'm pro-bear. But I'm agin gettin' eaten.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:41 PM   #30
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In favour or against what? Not following you here.

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Think about it. This thread goes 'round and 'round there's no beginning and there's no end. Some of the time it does get interresting though.There are the "I'm going to get eaten group" and there's the "They won't touch me group". and never the twain shall meet.
PS I'm definitely in the latter
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:37 PM   #31
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Think about it. This thread goes 'round and 'round there's no beginning and there's no end. Some of the time it does get interresting though.There are the "I'm going to get eaten group" and there's the "They won't touch me group". and never the twain shall meet.
PS I'm definitely in the latter
Sounds pretty normal to me, James. Some folks think one way and some another. But I do think you've emphasized the extremes at each end of the continuum, when most folks fall somewhere between those extremes.
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:44 PM   #32
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Hello,

Has anyone had experience with bears while he/she was camping?

I've 'camped' at Curry Villiage in Yosemite for a few years and they are constantly reminding people of the hazards of bears. They show videos of bears ripping cars apart and tearing through garbages, etc. They even warn you that if your car is vandalized by a bear the rangers will fine you for having left something in it that tempted the bears.

The last time I went we camped with some very nice people who recently moved from Alaska. They didn't live in a city of any sort and they told very, very scarey tales of bears and moose terrorizing neighborhoods. Frankly, they scared me. I have two little kids who are always snacking and dropping crackers and other goodies in the car and trailer and I really don't want to meet a bear face to face.

Is my imagination running wild?

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Hey, Carl!

HA! The reason my wife and I bought our Casita was because of the run-in we had with an enormous black bear at the Standing Indian Campground in the National Forest near Highlands, NC. It came in at midnight and ransacked our campsite. What does a 400-pound black bear do in your campsite? Anything he wants to!

We had been thinking of getting a Casita, so after that experience (he knocked over everything looking for food), we got rid of the tent and bought our Casita. Now we don't worry so much about the bears!
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Yup

It all boils down to common sense and the realization that
when your out in the wild, your in the bears neighborhood, not your own

His 'hood, his rules


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Old 03-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #34
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Skunks are what I fear
when i was camping last summer i looked over at this fancy moterhome and out came a lady with a skunk on a leash! EWWWW!! Even tho they are deskunked they carry a musty odor... not a pet i would really want.... now back to the bear storys....
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #35
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Never saw a bear in the wild until we got our Scamp this spring. We were coming back from camping in northern WI and saw it while checking out the camp grounds at Gov Thompson state park, mid afternoon by the boat landing. It showed no fear of us and just stared from the ditch less than 50 feet away we drove off and came back around 5 minutes later and he was still there. We always had bears in the back of our mind when looking to get out of tents/pop-ups and getting a Scamp for a bit of protection, but as stated, they can get in anywhere they want, just more difficult.

Legal or not, I always keep a few fireworks from the fourth of July on hand near the door. A couple packs of firecrackers and my personal favorite noise makers, 25-100 shot missile batteries, the little square kind you light and they go off rapidly like a bunch of bottle rockets. Never used them on a bear yet and maybe they would just tick them off, but I would care much less about a ticket for fireworks than being a meal. Is this a stupid idea or not to those more experienced?
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If a bear is getting in your trailer, do you think you'll have time to light them, and even if so, you'll have a bear outside, and fireworks bouncing around your trailer. You'll be running out of a burning trailer right into a bear. If a bear is getting in the camper, I'm taking more drastic measures.
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Ah, Jared, not talking about launching inside the trailer, but rather the coming through the campsites bear to scare them off. Inside the trailer I have help from Mr Smith and his friend "Wesson".
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In that case, I would choose to stay silent. There will be a tent camper running around screaming, making it run for the bear.
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Ah, Jared, not talking about launching inside the trailer, but rather the coming through the campsites bear to scare them off. Inside the trailer I have help from Mr Smith and his friend "Wesson".

And, now we have to deal with an armed bear!
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Inside the trailer I have help from Mr Smith and his friend "Wesson".
You better pray that S&W helping you is a Model 500, because anything else they make is gonna be too small.
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You better pray that S&W helping you is a Model 500, because anything else they make is gonna be too small.
Tell that to the Indian dad met in Canada that had bear skulls all around his shack with .22 holes in them. I'm not saying I would try it, but it can be done.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:25 AM   #42
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While at Cades Cove in Tenn., I wanted to get some pictures across the cove. I decided to climb up a little rise.

I noticed nothing unusual, and started to turn to get my picture, when a movement caught my eye. What almost appeared to be a boulder, stood straight up and started waving its head from side to side. It was a black bear.

It was far too close for my comfort. I was afraid to turn around and just kind of backed up very slowly. Then it walked into another area of the brush.

As I continue to slowly back up, out comes a little cub and then it went into the same area as the mom. Then another cub, comes out, and then another.

By then, I was far enough down the embankment to tell my BIL, about the family. He grabbed his camera and was able to get several really great shots as the bear family came back out of the woods, crossed the field and then road, stopping traffic, of course.

We had been around that cove many times in the past, in hopes of seeing a bear, but with no luck. I have now had a little closer experience than I had been looking for, and hope not to have again.

The three little bears were very cute, trailing their mama, single file, across the field though.
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