July 11, 2020

Bear Bells Are Worthless and You Just Ain’t “Big” Enough

““Bear bells are annoying to other hikers and virtually useless for letting bears know you are coming,” he said. “A bear needs to hear you well in advance, not as you pass it, which is about the range of those tinkly little things.”<<<Read More>>>

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Wear this ONLY if you can make yourself look bigger than an 800-pound grizzly bear.

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Alaskan Soldier Attacked by Bear During Training Exercise

ANCHORAGE, Alaska– Officials say a 26-year-old Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base.<<<Read More>>>

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The Continuing Saga of “Rare” Bear Encounters

And always remember, if you encounter a bear (rare – snicker) make sure and “look big.” It’s a magic cure all.

The liars of the Humane Society of the United States and all supporters to end the Maine bear hunt say that bear encounters in places like Colorado have not increased since the state began protecting predators. Whoops! Someone forgot to tell this bear that broke into a Colorado home that happened to be the home of a competitive shooter; a teenage girl. Bang!

However, those “rare” bear encounters take us to Saskatchewan, Canada where a man, who was taking a walk IN TOWN, encountered a bear that chased him down the street. He should have looked that bear in the eye and then “looked big.”

In Vermont, phones are ringing off the hook with a constant barrage of calls from people reporting encounters and incidents with black bears. Rare I guess? Vermonters must be small people.

But, hey! Wait! Is Connecticut starting to learn from reality? In a state crowded with people, so far this year there have been over 4,000 bear encounters with humans reported. One wildlife official was quoted as saying that bear encounters with humans, “happen from time to time.” Gasp! We’ve graduated from “rare” to “from time to time.” However a bear that wandered onto Bradley Field was shot and killed because of public safety with airplanes. I’m surprised that airplanes don’t “look big” enough to scare off a bear. How big does one have to look to ward off a bear?

Now we travel out West. You know more places where the Humane Society of the United States says after ending bear hunting and perpetually protecting predators, there are really no problems with bears. But are those Westerners “looking big” enough? On a beach at Lake Tahoe, a black bear taking a stroll along the beach was eventually killed because it was not using sunblock (joke just in case you haven’t been following along). The people on the beach got together and “looked big” and so the bear wandered over to a remote area of the beach to have some privacy. Bears don’t have a right to sun bathe and so was killed for it.

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Female Jogger Attacked by Brown Bear

Jogging near a campground in Alaska, a woman, wearing headphones, came upon two brown bear cubs. The mother bear attacked. <<<Read More>>>

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N.H. Bear Killing Chickens

And all the blame for increased levels of bear encounters is being placed on stupid humans and not on the fact that the bear population is rising. <<<Read More>>>

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Bear Attacks Woman

I wonder. A W. Virginia woman, says she found herself between a mother bear and her cub and was attacked by the bear. She doesn’t blame the bear for “doing what she was supposed to do” in protecting her baby as she would as a mother. What I wonder is if she would feel the same way if the bear had attacks her baby?

But the debate really isn’t about whether or not a bear should or shouldn’t have attacked a human for whatever reason. Rather, the discussion should be what are Americans going to do about a bear population nationwide that is growing so rapidly that it’s all we hear about are bear attacks on humans and increased nuisance reports?

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Bear Enters Home Where Police Shoot it With Shotgun

Due to what appears to have been a faulty doorknob, a bear entered an Alaska home where the homeowners were inside. Police arrived and blasted the bear twice with a shotgun. The bear ran off and died.<<<Read More>>>

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“Rare” Bear Encounters Too Numerous To Mention

Ah, yes! The experts (cough, cough) say bear and human encounters are rare – rare as compared to avoiding mosquitoes in the dense northern forests in the springtime. Those of us in the know now realize that bear encounters are really not all that rare, and thus this leaves us wondering whether any advice the “experts” give us is worth a bear’s drool.

Regardless, here we go with another round of “rare” bear encounters.

1. A northern Minnesota man perhaps had his life saved when his pet dog was killed trying to fight off a black bear.

2. But wait a minute! This “expert” says dogs can cause bear attacks. Gasp!

3. Even though bear encounters are “rare” say the experts, the same experts seem to have an awful lot of advice on how to avoid becoming a meal for a hungry black bear. One “expert” says to clap your hands and whistle (“You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow!). And oh yeah, “throw things.” I suggest about a 180-grain hunk of lead traveling at about 2,500 feet per second. But something is missing from this advice. What could it be?

4. In Arizona, a bear wanted to get into the campground host’s trailer in the worst way. The campground was closed and a trap set up. Didn’t the host make enough noise and, ………?

5. In Bangor, Maine, a jogger encounters a bear on a running path. HOWEVER, I can’t say much about someone out for a jog, is told there is a bear and cubs ahead and yet runs on up to “get a look.” Because it happened in Maine, it must be because of the “millions of pounds of donuts” hunters have piled up in the woods.

6. With all this “expert” advice on how to avoid encounters with bears and what to do if you do, when you have this information mastered, then think about what this guy (expert?) says when he tells readers that you have to understand bears, like Timothy Treadwell – who, incidentally was eaten alive by grizzly bears. He also says we should run away from bears instead of backing away slowly. He says pepper spray them or shoot them with a gun….you know, throw things at them.

But with all this advice, remember, above all else,

LOOK BIG! Even if it is only on “rare” occasions.

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Bear Breaks Into Man’s Cabin. Man Fails to “Make Noises,” “Look Big”

A man eating breakfast in his cabin in Utah, watched as a black bear flipped the latch on his door and came into his house to eat a bucket of peanuts. He was not hurt…….neither was the man.

Perhaps if this man had taken the advice of officials in New York and around the country and “looked big,” “whistled,” or just made a bunch of noise, the bear would have been too damned scared to even attempt to open that door and get at a fresh bucket of peanuts.

Failure!

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Protecting Bears Causes Restricted Access to Forest

It appears that the idiots bent on the protection of bears, i.e. the Humane Society of the United States wanting to ban bear hunting in Maine, through their efforts to make sure there are millions of bears to attack and harm people, are also causing the restriction of use and access to the same forests their protected bears live.

In this article about “How to Avoid a Bear Attack,” we read:

Stay away from bear feeding areas such as berry patches, fresh burns, lake shores, alpine meadows, streams full of spawning fish or avalanche slopes when possible. If you see bear scat, tracks or claw marks on trees, move elsewhere. Also leave if you encounter a fresh kill or places where leaves and branches have been piled up, possibly over a carcass. A bear could be lurking nearby.

Avoid walking after dark in bear country and do not travel alone. Studies show that groups of four or more people are seldom attacked. Make noise by talking, singing or playing music, anything to alert bears to your presence. Most will move away if they hear you and are not taken by surprise.

Always sleep inside a tent, but keep your cooking and food storage area 50-75 yards away when possible. Wear a hat while cooking so food odors don’t concentrate in your hair. Leave the hat at the cooking area. Avoid greasy or smelly foods such as bacon, sausage or fish. Store leftovers in airtight containers far away and wash dishes carefully to avoid leaving scent or grease on them.

A friend, who sent me the link to this story along with the pictures that follow, made the following comment which pretty well sums up what’s going on.

In other woods stay the hell out of the woods… at the same time the folks are building trails galore (with taxpayers money) and encouraging more outdoor activities (promoted with taxpayers money) the animal rights folks want to increase (quickly double?) the Maine bear population with hunting restrictions. And it looks like we will need more LAWS (not just warnings or encouragement) to keep us out of the way of any critter that wants to use the area.

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