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Old 06-14-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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1:30 PM, relaxing in my Lafuma and this big boy comes walking right in to camp. I moved slow so not to spook him and grabbed my camera but it happened so fast I did not get video.

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Its great to see wild life when camping.
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:12 PM   #3
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I agree with you. We saw this little guy while camping at Haynes Point Provincial Park, Osoyoos BC. The beaver is one of Canada's national animals.


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Old 06-14-2010, 05:08 PM   #4
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OP, it's obvious that that "Cattle Guard" referenced in the first photo is not doing their job. You should have a talk with their commanding officer!
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:14 AM   #5
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Hi: shane n...He probably figured..."Tourists...There goes the neighbourhood".
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:04 AM   #6
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Bear update.
Just got word that they destroyed this Bear because he had been tagged twice. His crime this time was just walking by. I am sick over the fact I showed him to the other campers and host, His blood is on my hands!. From now on I will run off predators and show them to no one!. You can see tags in both his ears.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:44 AM   #7
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it is not your fault, Shane. It isn't the Osos fault either. But think how much WORSE you would feel if a kid was injured by it and you had not said anything. There is a track record there to make that potential real, even if remote.

I wish there was a better system. Relocation etc, but I am no wildlife behavior expert, so I have no firm suggestion.

Truly, the only fair way is for US to stay out of HIS territory, but you know that isn't going to happen.

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Old 06-24-2010, 01:10 PM   #8
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Shane, your not to blame. Unfortunately the morons who are irresponsible, leading to bears coming around time after time are the ones you can put the blame on. I have lived in bear country for too many years and saw people feed them, leave garbage around that attracts them, not be responsible with their trash such as bear proofing their trash, leave dog food, bird feeders out for them to get into. I have seen it all, then they are the first to complain when the bears get out of control. I know this kind of incident shakes you, but it happens more than you care to know. I agree next time chase it off and don't let anyone know.

Our Rv Park was in the middle of bear country. We never had a bear in the park during season, because we took every step known to avoid bear and guest interaction. We had them walk thru during off season several times that I saw. But they didn't stick around because we had nothing to attract them left out. Unfortunately others don't take the same precautions to protect the bears. You did nothing wrong, it was the many before you who did.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:38 PM   #9
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Hey Shane!

Don't beat yourself up! You did the right thing--pointing out wildlife for others to enjoy is the point of camping. Alerting other campers of a potential hazard is just being a good neighbor. And posting your story here is helping to spread the word about habituated wildlife.

I volunteered with fish and game for a bear awareness/education program...learned a lot.
It's become known that relocation is usually futile. The relocated bears have to go through territorial wars with resident bears, or they often travel hundreds of miles to get back to their original ranges.

As they say, "A fed bear is a dead bear". Bears are attracted to bird feeders (which aren't really needed by birds outside of wintertime anyway) greasy barbecue grills, grease in fire rings, dog food dishes left outside, and of course garbage and litter.

Some campgrounds have to be shut down for an entire season because of habituation issues.

In the PNW, we keep an eye on the summer blackberry crop. If it's a bad year, bears will be a bit more invasive of developed areas. In the spring, bears eat mostly shoots and grasses (in addition to bugs, carrion, whatever) and food is more consistent for them.
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Bear update.
Just got word that they destroyed this Bear because he had been tagged twice. His crime this time was just walking by. I am sick over the fact I showed him to the other campers and host, His blood is on my hands!. From now on I will run off predators and show them to no one!. You can see tags in both his ears.
I saw 3 bears in 2 days while camping about 18 miles from my home. I've had bears walking down the street in front of my home.
I have a friend that lives a little higher up the MT from me that cannot let her children out after dusk anymore.
A woman was attacked by a bear and nearly killed in our area about 18 months ago.
Almost 40,000 acres of bear habitat was destroyed in an unstoppable firestorm 2 years ago. One edge of the fire was within 2 miles of my home. Two Mt. lions have been killed, 4 bears were trapped, relocated and then killed because they returned.
You should not feel bad about what you did. When wild animals lose their fear of humans they become very dangerous. You may have saved someone from serious injury or death.

It's sad when any wild animal is killed.

Shane , feel bad for the bear but not what you did.
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I never want to see a bear around my campsite. Because it means they have learned to look for food around the sites, which means a potentially dangerous situation. Sorry this one learned bad habits and lost his fear of humans, and had to be put down. But by all means don't blame yourself. You may have saved someone from injury by calling his presence to the attention of those who needed to know.
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