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USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
My neighbor charged by a bear on 09/03/2012 18:35:44 MDT Print View

For some reason my neighbor and I missed each other, hiking in opposite directions. I was hiking down Granite Gap off of the PCT in the Bucks Lake Wildernes about the same time my neighbor (retired Judge) said he was on his way to Mt Pleasant along side the PCT in the Bucks Lake Wilderness in N CA, same trail. I don't know how we could have missed each other, one of us had the time wrong. My neighbor was nobo on the PCT, headed towards Mt. Pleasant and at about a 45 degree angle from him he said, out of the corner of his eye a bear was huffing and grunting bear noises then charged him. After a few seconds, he yelled, waived his hiking poles, the bear stopped, he turned around and was walking away when the bear charged a second time. Same thing, yell and wave the poles, after which the bear retreated some and this time my neighbor backed away with the bear looking at him and huffing more, my neighbor kept retreating then the bear walked away, over the rise. He only saw the one bear, no indication of cubs. On Saturday on my way up to camp along the PCT, I had seen two piles of scat, thinking nothing of it.

Duane

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: My neighbor charged by a bear on 09/03/2012 19:06:10 MDT Print View

"I had seen two piles of scat, thinking nothing of it."

Were they both bear, or was one of them your neighbor's.....?

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
My neighbor charged by a bear on 09/03/2012 20:34:25 MDT Print View

Doug, my neighbor saw one more pile than I did, all bear. He was concerned enough about this, that he is considering getting some pepper spray now. He has a few grandkids and enjoys South America and Mexico a few months in the winter. He gave up bping over 20 years ago, giving me all his maps and books.
Duane

David K
(aviddk) - F

Locale: SW Oregon
Lake Almanor fire on 09/03/2012 22:09:53 MDT Print View

Wasn't there a fire near that area recently? If so, maybe the bear had some kind of a carcass it was protecting. Just taking a wild guess.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Lake Almanor fire on 09/04/2012 03:33:30 MDT Print View

Doug, sorry you had a old joke. :)
The Chips Fire is north a little, it was still smoky Sunday and Monday mornings where I camped both nights. Good point about a carcass though. It may have moved my neighbor who has grandkids to get some pepper spray now. He is out quite a bit mt bike riding all over too, he packs a PLB. I did not know he hiked much if any, he had given me all his old maps and books 20 years ago.
Duane