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Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Who needs Bear Spray? on 04/12/2012 09:39:28 MDT Print View

Just a simple question seems to work.....

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Bear on 04/12/2012 10:06:40 MDT Print View

Nice video...he captured that encounter well.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Who needs bear spray on 04/12/2012 10:55:46 MDT Print View

Always best to talk about things first

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
nonsense on 04/12/2012 11:25:08 MDT Print View

once you tell the cute cuddly bear that you didnt bring spray because it would have pushed your base weight to 5.00001 oz ... it ran away because it didnt want you to suffer the shame on BPL of not being SUL ;)

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: nonsense on 04/12/2012 11:51:54 MDT Print View

Nonsense? I agree. A kiss on the cheek was probably warranted.

I like how the bear slowly climbed down the ladder. Cute fella.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Who needs Bear Spray? on 04/12/2012 18:28:27 MDT Print View


Edited by skopeo on 09/08/2015 16:47:08 MDT.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Probably an archer? on 04/12/2012 19:33:10 MDT Print View

My guess would be the man in the perch was an archer waiting for deer. They tend to set up stands like that. If he'd had a bear tag, he had any number of potential shots. I thought the bear did a great job of climbing the ladder, and wasn't all that scared of the hunter - he only went a dozen yards away before resuming his slow amble...

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Great video on 04/21/2012 20:20:49 MDT Print View

That was great.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
North end of a south bound bear on 04/21/2012 22:05:06 MDT Print View

That was easy!

eric, you should be ashamed! ;)

Honestly though, I bet that guy pooped a little.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
What was the bear thinking? on 04/21/2012 22:24:28 MDT Print View

Funny video but I wonder "How do bears like this make it through hunting season?"

Erin McKittrick
(mckittre) - MLife

Locale: Seldovia, Alaska
bluff the bear on 04/21/2012 23:19:50 MDT Print View

I went for the "bluff the bear" approach myself. Although it didn't seem so funny at the time, I can't help but laugh at my words here.

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Great on 04/21/2012 23:59:56 MDT Print View

Have to wonder what the bear would've done had he had reached the top.
He seemed more primed for a cuddle than a meal.

Edited by dasbin on 04/22/2012 00:00:31 MDT.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: bluff the bear on 01/18/2013 15:23:14 MST Print View


Somehow I missed this thread last year. VERY, VERY nice job on handling that bear encounter. My wife also does a great job (1) of noticing food sources / water noise / poor sight lines and yacking it up to avoid any encounter and (2) talking to them calmly when needed. But you two do even better.

(in Kenai. But we took the ferry up from Seattle 14 years ago - not walking the whole dang way!)

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
I'm never going to Alaska. on 01/18/2013 15:35:02 MST Print View

Black bear video- cute.
Erin's griz video- #$&@ing terrifying. I'm staying in WA.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Bluff the bear on 01/18/2013 15:38:57 MST Print View

That was pretty impressive, Erin. I'm not sure I would be that calm with one of our black bears.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: I'm never going to Alaska. on 01/18/2013 16:14:54 MST Print View

You southerners might be even more impressed if you saw a brown bear in the fall. A well-fed bear ready for hibernation has its belly dragging on the ground. The bear in the video - its belly was VERY high and the shoulders, back, and sides were all looking VERY lean. Not that it changes the proper strategy - which Erin and Hig demonstrate wonderfully in that video, but that was one hungry bear!

"Staying in WA" is exactly what they didn't do - 4,000 entirely human-powered miles from WA along the BC and AK coastlines to the Aleutian Islands. I do that same route many times a year, but at 31,000 feet. At ground level, I only do a few score of miles at a time.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Who needs Bear Spray? on 01/18/2013 16:18:01 MST Print View

I just saw a video of the worst way you could handle a bear encounter.