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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
hiker mauled by bear, climbs tree, calls 911 on 06/14/2012 09:36:19 MDT Print View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FS0VbnS8Nc

Alan henson
(355spider) - F

Locale: DFW
No bear spray? on 06/14/2012 09:51:45 MDT Print View

I wonder if he had spray or a firearm?

Brent Mahan
(thenerb)

Locale: Southern New Hampshire
Handled well on 06/14/2012 11:25:29 MDT Print View

Sounds like he handled the situation perfectly. Lucky he had cell reception too.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Handled well on 06/14/2012 13:44:21 MDT Print View

That wouldn't work here. Our bears climb trees. He shouldn't have been alone and he should've had bear spray. Otherwise, he was quite lucky.

Edited by simplespirit on 06/14/2012 13:47:17 MDT.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
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Edited by RogerDodger on 11/01/2013 16:16:05 MDT.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Handled well, in the kitchen on 06/14/2012 22:06:58 MDT Print View

> but there was a time over a hundred years ago, when MAN was a predator and not prey to bears.

Roger,

Or less than a month ago.

I'm refining my bear stew weekly now, and if I prepare it just like beef stew, but add lots of liquid and let it simmer for 3 hours before making the gravy and tossing in the potatos, onions and carrots, the meat comes out nice and tender.

If you're not going to eat it, don't hunt or fish for it, IMO.

Seth R
(Lerxst) - F

Locale: Northeast
Why no defense? on 06/15/2012 04:22:14 MDT Print View

I can't fathom why anyone who hikes in brown bear habitat doesn't carry some kind of defensive weapon. I wouldn't go hiking with anything smaller than .45 ACP. It may not stop the bear but it has enough ballistic muscle to make it reconsider it's position. Certainly beats having your back used as tartare.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Why no defense? on 06/15/2012 09:18:25 MDT Print View

Eventual extra gear takes us out of the UL or even lightwt categories, though habitat must be considered. We haven't lost any Alaskans yet, so nylon crusted UL HIKER in a salty sweat sauce doesnt seem to be on the menu so far.


We can always play it safe, but besides a firearm for bear defense, add a climbing helmet -worn in case a fatal widowmaker falls on you while hiking (no joke, it's happened), flares, 200 ft' of climbing rope, a SPOT and an ACR transceiver, full FAK with splints, Sawyer bite kit (extract snake and insect venoms), and calf high, leather combat boots, an Arcteryx Bora 65 to pack it all, and we will be all set for the wilderness. A few miles into the wilderness anyways.

Edited by hknewman on 06/15/2012 09:31:44 MDT.

Seth R
(Lerxst) - F

Locale: Northeast
You're right on 06/15/2012 09:59:02 MDT Print View

I was way overboard. I'm going to coat myself in honey and head for the Katmai.