May 27, 2019

Maybe The New Education Secretary Knew More About Bears Than the Laughers

Outdoor Hub is reporting that the new Education Secretary may have been quite accurate when she stated that guns might be necessary in schools to protect students from bears.

WSFB TV in Connecticut reports that two schools in Southington were put in Lockdown due to the presence of bear(s). The report claims that when last seen the bear was headed East……….perhaps headed into Massachusetts looking for that Indian Senator?

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Mother bear killed after attacking marathon runner in New Mexico

New Mexico game wardens on Monday tracked down and killed a black mother bear that had attacked a marathon runner this weekend in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Source: Mother bear killed after attacking marathon runner in New Mexico – AOL

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Bear sought in attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner

Press Release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish:

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Lance Cherry: (505) 476-8003
lance.cherry@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 19, 2016:

Bear sought in attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner

JEMEZ – Department of Game and Fish officers are searching for an adult female black bear that attacked a woman Saturday afternoon while she was participating in a marathon event on the Valles Calderas National Preserve near Los Alamos.

According to responding officers, the attack occurred when the victim surprised a mother bear whose cub ran up a nearby tree.

Although the full extent of the victim’s injuries are unknown, initial reports indicate that woman was bit and scratched multiple times and sustained non-life threatening injuries to her upper body, head and neck. Nearby joggers provided immediate assistance until additional help could arrive.

She was airlifted to an Albuquerque area hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.

The department is coordinating with the National Park Service to secure and deter people from entering the area. A response team that specializes in wildlife attacks of this nature has also been assisting.

Once found, the bear will be euthanized and tested for rabies. Although rabies in bears is rare, it is nearly 100 percent fatal in humans if not properly treated.

Here are some ways to protect yourself If you encounter a bear:

  • Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat. Do not run. Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.
  • Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
  • If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.

If you live or camp in bear country:

  • Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
  • Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby.
  • Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
  • Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
  • Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
  • Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.
  • Keep your camp clean, and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, toiletries, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk.
  • Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.
  • Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site.

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Virginia woman survives bear attack, receives 28 stitches

*Editor’s Note* – Check out the last statement in this article: “They emphasize incidents like this are very rare.” Keep protecting bears and attacks like this will become more commonplace.

Cooksey insists, “I’ve got some stitches and I’m really sore, but we’re all good. We packed up the tent and I’m not camping again. I’m not hiking in the mountains again.”

Source: Virginia woman survives bear attack, receives 28 stitches | wivb.com

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The False Charge Bear Attack: He “Looked Big” and “Roared”

In a Swedish Online news website, a terrible article attempts to present a supposed bear attack as being thwarted because a man “roared” like a bear and “made himself look big.” If you believe the article and then watch the video and still believe making noise and looking big will cancel all those “extremely rare” bear attacks, you’re a fool.

Not that you shouldn’t attempt the feat of making lots of noise and somehow making yourself look big, it is not what people are being led to believe it is. When death is knocking at the front door and you don’t want to answer it, try anything.

In the video, it’s a semi-staged event. First of all, it was caught on video. The fake “attack” was not a surprise at all. The bear was spotted in the woods and the movie camera began to run. Looks to me like they even teased the bear to get it to come out of the trees to be better filmed. The bear made, what is often referred to as a “false charge.” A false charge is when a predator goes through the action of attempting to attack to test the reactions of the intended prey. Predators learn how to attack by testing to know what the prey species will do.

I have serious doubts that the man who saved the world by putting up his arms and screaming did that out of learned instinct. I believe it was mostly staged, that is why it was filmed.

Here’s something to think about. Many times bear attacks happen when a person is along. I wonder how many of those bear attacks that ended in death of the human, happened BECAUSE the person made noise and tried to look bigger. We never know because they are dead.

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Yellowstone Tourists Being Chased by Bear, Failed to “LOOK BIG”


All of these brain-dead tourists failed to follow directions and “LOOK BIG” when being attacked by a bear. Had they been prepared, like this guy shown in the picture below, with his instant, “Look Big” inflatable, all four bears would have trembled in fear and high-tailed it out of Yellowstone as fast as they could.
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Bear Chases Runners In Connecticut, Euthanasia Planned

And obviously, these runners FAILED to LOOK BIG enough!

Connecticut officials say they plan to euthanize a bear that chased two runners in separate incidents at a game refuge in Granby.

Source: Bear Chases Runners In Connecticut, Euthanasia Planned | 2015-05-06 | Grand View Outdoors

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Camera “Attracts” Bear to Kill Rutgers Student?

Maybe I’ve heard it all? And isn’t the claim that because students were taking pictures of a bear with their cell phones, it pissed off a bear enough that it decided to kill one of the photographers? Doesn’t that go against the claims by most that bears want nothing to do with humans and run the other way? According to some, you would think the bear would have come closer only to pose sweetly for pictures, perhaps cuddling up with the young men, not killing one of them.

According to a Fox News report, the camera made the bear attack, “The police report said that the young hikers attracted the bear’s attention by taking the nature shots, according to the The Record.

“They stopped and took photographs of the bear with their cellphones and the bear began walking towards them,” the police report said.”

But wait! We are ALWAYS told that bears run the other way. What was wrong with this bear? I’ll be waiting for the excuses.

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Instant “Look Big” for Bear Attacks

A reader has sent me a suggestion on a new product to use in order to “LOOK BIG” when about to be eaten by a hungry black bear. The mantra from those wishing to make love to bears instead of dealing with reality is, when being attacked by a bear, “look big” and make lots of noise.

The below picture is an example of what the finished product might look like. You’ll have just one chance to make it work so better know how to deploy.

The Look Big for Bear blow-up dolly comes in an easy to carry pouch that can be strapped onto you belt or carried in your hand. It is hoped that another version will soon be available that can be carried on your pack like a parachute. When under attack from a bear, simply pull the rip chord and the Look Big for Bear inflates in one second and “looks big.” It makes noise like a party favor while inflating and stands 12-feet tall. One prototype is reported to look like Hillary Clinton – without any clothes on. Now that would scare a bear away. (Note: An original prototype was made to look like Barack Obama but each time the rip chord was pulled it was always several days late deploying.)

As was pointed out by the engineer, if traveling with someone, this quick inflatable “Look Big for Bear” gives you time enough to outrun the others in your party. This is sure to keep you from getting eaten by a bear.

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Bears Must Be Pansies!

I find it really extremely funny as I read through some of the opinion pieces that some in Maine and outside the state have offered to news media in support or opposition to next Tuesday’s bear hunting referendum. It is laughable and in some cases really phoney as a three dollar bill.

But I’ll not go down that road because, well, to be honest, I think people are sick and tired of reading how somebody doesn’t have facts because they disagree or there is no proof and claims of false advertisements. Yes, and now we have lawsuits. We are in a campaign and campaigns provide multiple platforms in which all sides can lie, cheat and steal, make promises and get away with it like thieves in the night. Puke!

But in this one instance, I really feel badly for the bears. They don’t get no respect! A letter to the editor writer, in an attempt to paint his opposition as a bunch of fear-mongering liars, actually paints a picture of bears as being nothing but a bunch of sissified panty-waists.

In rational discourse we might learn about where certain predators fall in the hierarchy of who’s on top and who’s on bottom. In Maine, not including man, I think a black bear is probably considered top dog….or in this case top bear, the apex predator, the one animal that others don’t want to mess with very often, if at all. (Note: I put man as top predator because there are some who have enough sense to get in out of the rain.)

I guess for the ignorant, the question should be, how did a bear obtain the distinction of top killer? After all, that’s what predators are notorious for. Does “hungry as a bear” have any meaning for you? Does the idea that a hungry bear kills deer fawns and moose calves, help in gaining that distinction? A well-fed bear is of little concern to humans; a damned hungry one and you best get the hell out of the way! I/we have no control over food supplies for bears. Talk to Mother Nature about that.

In this opinion piece, linked to above, the author describes bears as: gentle, elusive, intelligent, timid and peaceful. If this is true then the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of previous scientists, who labeled the black bear a top predator, much have been wrong. Can that be?

The poor bear.

In perceiving bears in the manner of them being gentle, elusive, timid and peaceful, one has to wonder….no, not really. I wonder – I doubt all that many others do actually wonder – if this is what is often described as “new understanding” or “new knowledge” and “shifting the paradigm” and how we discuss wildlife issues.

The poor bear. What a wuss!

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