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Old 08-31-2013, 06:35 AM   #43
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We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop is larger and has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:42 PM   #44
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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?
Banging pots and pans at a black bear that is in the campground or near your trailer is a legal alternative. Encouraging good food behavior is also a good idea. The bears are often in the campgrounds because people leave food out or easily accessible and, having hit the jackpot once, they continue to come around to see what other tasty treats humans have for them. We had a black bear relocated from our neighborhood to another state after it got good at raiding trash cans. Very shortly, it was right back here because it had had such success here before.

And what you would do to protect yourself is different if you are talking black bear vs. grizzly bear. One would be happy to eat you, the other would be more likely to be happy to eat what's in your cooler, cabinets and fridge. At least that's how the black bears around here behave, for the most part.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #45
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We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop is larger and has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
Pretty much sums it up. As a part-time resident of Alaska, I couldn't stop laughing at this.
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We always have a bear spray canister within easy reach when about the camp. Only keep food in our bear-resistant-certified engel deep blue 80qt coolers or inside the van/parkliner. Now i realize that a thin metal/fiberglass wall is no match for a hungry bear, but we do our part in keeping a clean camp and not entice the local critters into an unwelcome visit.
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Last Thursday, at Cimarron Canyon State Park, New Mexico. He ran off when the guy with the Toyota hollered at him to "get out of here." As best I could tell, he was foraging in the weeds of a ravine, and was trying to cross the park road to continue it.
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Banging pots and pans at a black bear that is in the campground or near your trailer is a legal alternative. Encouraging good food behavior is also a good idea. The bears are often in the campgrounds because people leave food out or easily accessible and, having hit the jackpot once, they continue to come around to see what other tasty treats humans have for them. We had a black bear relocated from our neighborhood to another state after it got good at raiding trash cans. Very shortly, it was right back here because it had had such success here before.

And what you would do to protect yourself is different if you are talking black bear vs. grizzly bear. One would be happy to eat you, the other would be more likely to be happy to eat what's in your cooler, cabinets and fridge. At least that's how the black bears around here behave, for the most part.
Sound advice. Having done bear patrol in Yosemite National Park for several summers. Black bears just want your food, not you. Don't get between a Mama Bear and her cubs. Don't throw rocks, make noise instead.

Fireworks are not advised, besides the fire danger they present.

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I am so glad you had thie experience of seeing them! I would love to see the pictures. The Smokies are a fairly safe haven for the black bear. They are gentle giants.
OOPS...sorry didn't realize this thread was so old..went back and read through it...My comment was for the people who saw the black bears in Cades Cove.
Glad I could not respond to the 2007 comments....
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D Davis, I will see if I can figure out how to post them. They really were cute, once I figured out I was not in danger. terry
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My grandmother told me a story about when my mom was little they took a cross country car trip to yellowstone park from NJ. Well they rented a little cabin to stay in, my grandfather popper the hood to check the engine after a long drive(ya know guy stuff) and as he is looking at the engine he see's a shadow come up next to him and he says "Kate, grab me a beer" a few seconds pass with no response and he looks up and a bear was standing there looking down at his engine. He screamed like a girl and ran into the cabin and the bear just wandered away.
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........ He screamed like a girl and ran into the cabin and the bear just wandered away.
At least the bear didn't get his beer.
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Did anyone see the YouTube video shot by a hunter in a tree stand about the bear missing a front paw that walked through the woods upright. It was a little creepy watching it.
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We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop is larger and has little bells in it and smells like pepper.


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[Originally Posted by Vtec View Post
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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And, now we have to deal with an armed bear!
Nothing to fear Glenn, pretty sure are BC bears still cant legally pack so we can continue to camp with them in peace and harmony. Pretty sure they will shoot nothing at you when you yell at them to hit the road but an evil grin and as they walk off with the contents of your cooler.
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