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Bear Attack

  1. May 18, 2016 #1

    George Jones

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  3. May 18, 2016 #2

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    Wow, luckily the guy is okay and wasn’t hurt too badly. Keep yourself safe, too, George!

    Though, I must confess, I’d absolutely LOVE to live somewhere that had wild animals roaming nearby. All I see are squirrels and seabirds. And pigeons.
     
  4. May 18, 2016 #3
    I worry about my sister. She found a bear footprint once where she likes to hike.

    This guy is lucky he wasn't killed. Good thing the dog drew the bear away.
     
  5. May 21, 2016 #4
    Wow, bears sound dangerous indeed. Although I don't understand why they later tracked her, chased her, and killed her with euthanasia. Any reason for this or there is no particular reason? :confused:

    Still, am I the only one here who is excited about the idea of seeing a bear?
     
  6. May 21, 2016 #5

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    Revenge.
     
  7. May 21, 2016 #6

    Vanadium 50

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    Seriously, a bear that has learned not to be afraid of people and is willing to attack one once might very well do it again.
     
  8. May 21, 2016 #7

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    I must be among the last generation to remember Yellowstone before they separated the bears from the people. They had free run of the campgrounds where we stayed and just like Yogi would make off with an unattended picnic basket. This was mid 1950's.
    Some people hand fed them, but rangers would write you a ticket for that.

    old jim
     
  9. May 22, 2016 #8

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    Nope, you are not. Like I said previously, all I get around here are pigeons and squirrels. If you're lucky (like, super duper waaay lucky) you might come across a coyote, but that's it. I envy George Jones.
     
  10. May 22, 2016 #9

    George Jones

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    We regularly get bears (and moose, which also can be very dangerous) at work; see

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/workplace-hazard.694221/

    Once, after a city bus I was on went around a sharp curve in the street, I saw a bear on the sidewalk. The bear looked at the bus, decided that the bus was much bigger, and took off running. The houses of at least four different families of friends have had bears in the yards. One friend and a bear met nose-to-nose at a corner of his house. They both were startled, and they started running in different directions. When we drive to adjacent cities/towns, we often see bears near the road.
     
  11. May 22, 2016 #10

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    This is exactly the case in most all bear/human conflicts, in this case though the main factor seems to be the guy was running around a bend (surprised the bear, never a good thing) and there is nothing like dog meets bear to get an unfavorable reaction, so all in all the guy is very lucky and the bear wasn't. Here in NW Montana dogs are known as bear bait, one doesn't prefer to have a dog along during a bear encounter because usually after the dog gets the bear excited he will bring the bear right too you thinking your going to save him. Dogs and bears don't usually mix well so the fellow George is posting about is double lucky.
    Here are a few local news stories from 2015, all within 30 miles of where I live. As you can see most people mauled or killed are either surprising a bear or just asking for trouble by feeding them. Often people survive but the bear rarely does in the end.
    http://missoulian.com/news/local/wo...cle_24715b7a-7559-510a-8d55-718f4994be34.html
    http://www.kbzk.com/story/30513397/grizzly-bear-euthanized-in-northwest-montana
    http://billingsgazette.com/news/sta...cle_d5ad6640-c1d0-5cb5-b096-0d295b76d1ea.html

    Also George is correct about the dangers of moose, I would much rather bump into a bear than a moose who is having a bad day, (Moose never seem to be having a good day).
     
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  12. May 22, 2016 #11

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    Plenty of that sort of excitement where I live, the Grizzlies are out of their dens and have come down to the valley to scrounge. They are pretty shy though, it's the black bears that are getting more troublesome. (They love it when people put out bird feeders).
     
  13. May 23, 2016 #12
    That sounds cool. :biggrin:

    But they shouldn't eat the bird's food :sorry:. Bad bears.
     
  14. May 23, 2016 #13

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    They are just bears doing bear stuff, (It's what bears do best) :wink:
     
  15. May 23, 2016 #14
    What exactly is a bear anyway? A cross between the abominable snowman and a domesticated dog?

    I remember camping out in Yosemite as a kid in the 70's one summer and waking up with the camp ransacked by black bears because we left the sm'ores and peanut butter jars out on the picnic tables. It was a disaster (as Trump would say)! Thankfully, they didn't take their foraging into our weakly protected tents.
     
  16. May 23, 2016 #15

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    I watched a park ranger chase a big ol' bear off somebody's picnic table with a 2X4.
    He had the psychological upper hand with those bears.
    They'd beg for food like a puppy dog but were timid of humans.
    We are after all taller than them and they're not sure whether we are equipped with claws and fangs .
    Remember Jack London's line from "White Fang" - 'the dog learned about a man with a club.'
    But i wouldn't want to encounter one that hadn't been so conditioned.

    We've had a neighborhood mountain lion for some years now. He seems to have solved our stray dog problem .
     
  17. May 23, 2016 #16
    I can have an artificial fang called a sword. :biggrin: Katana power.

    A mountain lion?! I want to see it too! I just looked at some pictures and they have the same eye color as a woman I once met. Or maybe it's the woman I met that has the same eye color as them... I don't know the order :confused:. It's like a golden yellow? (I just checked, it appears to be called hazel on humans, for some reason I know it as golden yellow, not hazel)

    All the places mentioned here sound dangerous :nb), but kind of cool. :biggrin:
     
  18. May 23, 2016 #17

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    No fair, you live somewhere awesome, too :biggrin:
    Ay caramba, a fellow Californian, yourself, eh?
    The parks around here always have those "You Are In Mountain Lion Country/Habitat/Territory" signs, but I've never seen anything. You're lucky, too!! :frown:
    I'll ask my friend to give you his on lend.
    Phew! At least you haven’t seen one, either. Psinter, where dost thou dwell?
     
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  19. May 23, 2016 #18
    Although we have bear here, I've never seen one. However, I did see a Florida panther walk by my house a couple of years back. At first I thought it was a bobcat, so I went outside with my shotgun. I met the panther eye to eye on the back side of the house. He looked at me and lept into the saw palmettos. That was when I saw his tail and knew it was a panther and not a bobcat. Plus he was much bigger. Good thing he was faster than I was, harming a panther is worse than murder in Fl.
     
  20. May 23, 2016 #19
    I generally dwell in my bed. :-p

    Just kidding, but my place is not that interesting. It does not has and never had exotic animals besides the colorful birds which do not impress me anymore (and I doubt them being exotic). They are cute, but that's about it.
    Now, from the panther I would be really scared. :confused:
     
  21. May 24, 2016 #20
    Panthers are very shy creatures, and you rarely come into contact with them. They will bolt as soon as they see or hear you. No need to fear them.
     
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