Ruidoso bears
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Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
Ruidoso bears on 06/06/2012 15:07:54 MDT Print View

Gonna be west of Ruidoso this weekend. Any bear sightings near Argentina Peak, Nogal, White Horse Hill this year or recent years? I have no problem hanging a bear bag 100m from camp, but do i really need bear repellent? really?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Ruidoso bears on 06/06/2012 15:18:56 MDT Print View

Yep.

I saw two bears within a mile of Argentina Peak along the Crest last August and September, they ran off at my sight, not sure if it was my smell or my looks.

"Bear repellent"!?

Y'all ain't from around here are ya?

It's the Sacramento's, not the Northern Rockies- bear spray is NOT required or recommended in the White Mountain Wilderness, just be wise about your food, cook away from camp if you're concerned. I have never bear bagged my food at camp in New Mexico wilderness areas, in fact, it usually makes a fairly decent pillow.

Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
not from here... on 06/07/2012 18:42:57 MDT Print View

you're right, that's why i asked. i usually use a 44 magnum for bear repellent but don't like the weight...