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Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

A Word Of Caution.

SUMMER IS HERE
And a lot of us will be out and about in bear country.
A few things you should know:
1) There are two kinds of bears in North America
a. Black bears.
b. Grizzly bears.
2)Nnormally black bears will leave you alone unless you come across a mother and her cubs.
To protect yourself you should carry a can of bear repellent and wear small bells on your body to let the bears know you are coming. Bear repellent is a strong pepper like spray that will in most cases deter attacking bears. As the name implies most black bears are black although variations of brown are common.
The same precautions pertain to Grizzly bears but remember, Grizzly’s are more aggressive and much larger than brown bears. They tend to be very territorial and have no fear of man.
It helps to learn the signs when in bear country to determine just what bear you are liable to be dealing with. Keep your eye open for bear scat. Black bear scat tends to be rather ball like in shape and the odor is akin to human waste. You will notice berry seeds, small sticks occasionally along with grass and leaves that passed through the bear.
Grizzly bear scat is real easy to recognize. It will contain little tinkley bells and smell like a strong pepper spray.

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Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

Ha!

Another tip is to always hike with someone you know you can outrun.

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

LOL. Yep, that works for me.

 

Christi Kraft

1 Year Ago

*snort* That is a solid word of warning, though.

I have some sweet bear pics that resulted because people have put out food for them over the years, trying to lure them within viewing distance of their cabins; they're great photos, and I love them, but I do wish those people would have just let the bears do their thing.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Cynthia, I would modify that to someone you can outrun AND are not all that fond of.

Oh, and technically, there are three kinds of bears in North America but you have to be pretty far north to run into the third.

 

Janine Riley

1 Year Ago

OMG, laughing till I am crying here. Ok, not funny really - I live in bear territory. Just black bears thankfully.


Beautiful shot.

Also, bring one of those canned air horns. Best to deter from a distance BEFORE you have to pull the spray out..

I have been informed by a large animal relocator that spray can really peeve off an aggressive animal.

For some reason walking sticks brings me more confidence while out on the trail.
As if I was going to Fence with a bear......

 

Mel Steinhauer

1 Year Ago

Never go out into bear country alone.

Always bring an older friend who weighs a lot more than you do, or one who has just had knee surgery or a hip replacement.

Remember, you don't have to run faster than the bear. You only have to run faster than your friend.

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Slow friends are a blessing in bear country.

 

Theresa Tahara

1 Year Ago

Great suggestions, Tony. I also carry bear spray for more than just bears.
Up here in the great white north we call the bells people carry around "dinner bells".

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

I always kinda wondered about the bell thing. Bears are nosy critters. They just might want to know what that weird critter tastes like.

 

See My Photos

1 Year Ago

Surely I am not the only one that have slept in a car in bear country, but in doing so I made sure there was not a lot of food with me. Have seen photos of what bears can do to cars that store food in the trunk, etc. Do not leave foods in the car or better yet in the car when you are in the car sleeping.

 

See My Photos

1 Year Ago

Hiker Photographs Grizzly Bear Just Before Deadly Attack
Richard White's final moments were caught in chilling photos.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/hiker-photographs-grizzly-bear-deadly-attack-17093339

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Some folks never remember wild animals are WILD. Fools approach to close. You might get lucky 100 times but 101 will be the end of you. Your tinkley lil bells will end up in bear scat.

 

Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

That guy forgot to bring a slow friend.

Seriously, he was 50 or so yards away from a wild grizzly in a remote area, and he was alone. Way too close, way too remote. The grizzly was just doing what grizzlies do. People who think they are the ones that can tame nature, or that they have some special gift that allows them to get closer, well, those are the ones that wind up as scat.

 

Lara Ellis

1 Year Ago

Grizzlies DO eat people! Black bears are much less likely to attack a human unless they are a mommy bear protecting their young from you. If you see a baby bear you should assume mommy is near even if you don't see her.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

I would rather not

But that is what I carry when I am am lower on the food chain than the native inhabitants.

 

Rich Franco

1 Year Ago



Bears are indeed moving! We had a black bear in Downtown Orlando, last week!!! And a 600 black bear in a town a few miles north! Very large black bear!

And Oh! MAke sure the can of bear spray is pointed TOWARDS the bear when you use it and also, make sure the wind is at your back, not coming from the direction of the charging bear!!

Rich

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Yea Rich, but if they pointed it in the wrong direction that would make them your slow friend. Might save your tinkey lil bells.

 

Mel Steinhauer

1 Year Ago

It's not always possible to keep a safe distance away from wild animals due to dense brush, trees and the animal's natural abilities to blend in with his surroundings or if he is actively stalking you as his prey. I have had two highly unintentional and uncomfortably close encounters with bears while hiking on high-traffic pathways just to capture images of scenic waterfalls. On both instances they were black bears, but females with cubs who were wandering a distance away from their mother. They all were frequently difficult to see as they fed on berries in the dense brush and the ability to move farther away from them was very limited.

About 2 years ago, our U.S. National Parks removed their previous ban on the possession of firearms by visitors and now allow people ( who may lawfully own a firearm ) to bring them inside the park. This is not widely advertised and of course, the hunting of wild animals is prohibited. I am not a hunter and do not advocate the killing of wild animals, but, you do have a right to protect yourself IF an animal decides to attack.

 

Lara Ellis

1 Year Ago

I wonder where our bears have gone? Every year we've had a bear or two come check out our bird feeders but this year no sign of them. I fear that the hunters may have gotten them all :( I always keep a safe distance from them and shoot them from an elevated deck and I don't walk in the woods alone unless I have a large dog with me. I wonder about that bear repellent...would it just make the bear really mad and make it want to rip your head off if you didn't aim right?

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Mel, years ago that is why I would only hike deep in state/national forest or BLM land. I have never had to shoot a gun in anger or self defense but I do like having the option.

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Laura, Dogs and bears usually are mortal enemy's. Usually they will try to avoid each other but will fo sho nuf give you a chance to maybe get away. On another front, gators in Florida have developed a taste for dogs and several folks have gotten bit while walking dogs around lakes there.

 

Mary Ellen Anderson

1 Year Ago

FYI: Another hazard this year is lyme disease. This is spread from tick bites and ticks are especially bad this year (at least in my area).

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Had limes. It ain't no fun. Was in the hospital for a month with it.

 

Murray Bloom

1 Year Ago

What do you do when you find fresh bear droppings with little bells in them?

 

Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

Most peoples dogs are about the right size for a gator to munch on - if you visit La Chua Trail, Gainesville side of Payne's Prarie, be watchful - those critters will crawl out of the canal on your side - and for a distance can outrun a horse - which - you cannot outrun. Snakes are another "wild" animal there which you should watch for. and last, there are American Bison (buffalo) there - they are wild animals as well - and the last time I was there, the old fellow believed the trail belonged to him - not me - or anyone else as he placidly continued on his journey west. We moved off the trail - Bulls have horns and hooves - both hurt if met with your 'soft' body.

 

Tony Weatherman

1 Year Ago

Wash off the bells and wear them. Maby this time they will work.

 

Les Palenik

1 Year Ago

Recently, I wrote an article on the subject. You may find it useful in your future exploits.

Neuroscience and Bear Tips


http://advantica.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/neuroscience-for-photographers/

 

Francesa Miller

1 Year Ago

That's it. I'm staying in the house and photographing still lifes.

 

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