Bears

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  1. EJBasile macrumors 65816

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    If you read my other thread about deer you'll know that there are bunch of wild animals in my area. Today I was driving up my street around 3:30 PM, and I see this huge bear walking across my street. My neighbor was a distance away with binaculars watching it and had called the police. 15min later a cop showed up. I don't really know what he was going to do since he could only shoot it if it was a threat and he was not animal control so he could not tranquilize it.

    Random but just thought I'd share.
     
  2. njmac macrumors 68000

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    Bears are on my propery all of the time. I live a few blocks away from a state park where the bears live. They are a nuisance because they tear the garbage apart and make a mess, but they rarely come near people. I yell out my front door "go away, get out of here" pretty loud and they usually just move on. If they don't or they move toward you, then the Police and Park Rangers come over and the bear is KILLED.
    If the bear shows no fear of humans, that's it for the bear whether it did anything destructive or not. But if it goes away when you yell at it, no reason to call the police or anyone else. We try to live in harmony with the animals that were living here before we built our house.
     
  3. vniow macrumors G4

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    Damn, I thought you were talking about the big gay kind.
     
  4. njmac macrumors 68000

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    huh? gay's are referred to as Bears?
     
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  6. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    That equates to food supply for the bears. They'll usually feast on meat when they come out of hibernation and then spend the rest of the summer and fall eating berries, insects and nuts interspersed with dumpster dives. But if that food supply runs low... look out. That is when the real problems will commence.

    Spent two weeks in the woods outside of Aspen, CO in late September. Talked with some hunters who said all of the bears are in town because there isn't enough food in the hills. I heard some guy say there were 5 bears raiding a hotel dumpster one night. And the local paper had a story on a guy who is a paraplegic and has had bears break into his home in the middle of the night on two separate occasions.

    There are quite a few bears up north here but I've never seen one. A guy I work with told me I probably never will see one on the trail during the day. He said if I want to see some, to drive into a small town one night and park by the dumpster. He says as soon as the sun drops, they'll come out in droves.
     
  7. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    I've never seen a bear, although I'd like to.
    I used to live in Boston, and I'd see raccoons every once in a while. I was walking home through Newton once when I saw a raccoon dining from someone's trash can. I stopped to look and I swear he looked at me with this "what do YOU want?" look on his face. I just walked away quickly :eek:
     
  8. Guitarius macrumors 6502a

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    I thought that same thing myself. Shows what's on my mind. ;)

    I'm a bear. Though I rarely describe myself as such, I have been told I am.
     
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  10. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    My only encounter with a bear was in Tahoe. We used to rent a house up there for the 4th of July. I was in the back yard having a beer when I heard my buddies making a racket and I saw they were looking through the front window at a medium sized brown bear that was roaming the neighborhood. I can still remember this guy walking outside to get a better look HOLDING A SANDWICH. Luckily he was downwind.

    Someone drove up and honked their horn which startled the bear. It hopped a fence into someone's back yard. Thanks buddy. :)

    We ended up taking our garbage with us and dumped it at a casino figuring it would be back later for a snack and sure enough it came poking around.
     
  11. EJBasile thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Bears are not uncommon in my neighborhood, but usually not seen in the day time. They eat garbage which is annoying and my nieghbor baught a beautiful Viking brand gas grill. A bear smelled the grease and such from it and ripped apart the whole thing. Yea it was only $3000 or something.
     
  12. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    In the Catskill Mountains in NY there was a "bear scare," a wild bear killed a person... and that week we WENT up there!! We didn't see the bear, but it was fun being scared of it... it was cought and killed about a month later...
     
  13. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    You don't want to mess with a raccoon. And you definitely don't want to stumble upon a pack. I was pitching the trash in my apartment complex last summer and when I lifted the dumpster lid, there were four of them right there five feet away at face level. I kind of let out a shriek and sprinted out of there.

    2 summers ago was camping up north. At 3 AM, two coons got into a fistfight right outside my tent. I was honestly concerned that their little disagreement was gonna somehow spill under the vestibule. All bets would have been off then.

    Tough as nails, fearless and wily, coons could be one of the guttiest species on the planet.
     
  14. Guitarius macrumors 6502a

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    From what I understand, black bears are pretty common where I live (south Louisiana) though I've only seen one in the wild. There is a ton of wildlife around here, but it's mostly brush animals, raccons, rabbits, squirrels. There is also a lot of deer around here.

    I'm a hunter myself. Deer hunting is okay, but I never really saw the point of hiding a tree stand for hours, letting them come to you. Some friends and I have started to actually stalk the deer with longbows, and lemme tell you, that's fun. If I do go hunting with a gun, it's rabbit hunting. Not only is wild rabbit one of the greatest things to eat, but those little buggers are crazy hard to hit. Same reason I like duck and other bird hunting I guess. Just seems to me like there's more sport and skill involved. Turkey hunting is great too.

    I'd like to go bear hunting. My grandpa used to, and he said it was one of the greatest hunts he'd ever been on. Boar hunting too. Big game hunting in Africa is another thing I'd like to try.

    But whatever the hunt, I hate the idea of sitting in the blind or tree stand. I like to stalk them. Or in the case of rabbit, just find the little things.
     
  15. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    First off, I don't kill things and never will kill things. I've always felt that hunting comprised sitting on your a$$ all day binge eating and waiting for the kill to come to you. However...

    These hunters I encountered in Aspen changed my entire view from one of total disdain to a solid respect. These cats would take off at 6 AM and come back around 8 PM. In the 14 hour interim, they were stalking elk up and down the valley. Going from 8,000 - 12,000 feet all the while looking for tracks and signs. Fighting the cold, wind, fatigue and altitude they earned those beers by the fire at sunset.

    If they would've asked me to provide them with Sherpa support, I most certainly would've obliged. Sure I was on "vacation" but I would've given up a day of trails and peaks for the experience, knowledge and camaraderie. I now understand that there exist some hunters who truly hunt.

    Back on topic, I've put in some time in the grizzly country around Yellowstone. In retrospect, I don't think I'll do it again. There exists a very trace and latent stress hiking in the land of "the griz." I mean, you can't put your guard down for even a split second. Can't take a 3 AM bathroom trip without the fear coming on. Can't doze by the trail without keeping one eye open.

    I know black bears are just as ferocious but at least you have a shot during an encounter. You are supposed to stand your ground, go toe-to-toe, basically fight to the death. But with a grizzly, forget about it.
     
  16. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    I know, I don't. People have told me to stay away from raccoons, and I always have. I know they can be really vicious.

    The image of 2 having a fist fight is rather funny, but if I had been in your situation I would've been scared !@#$-less
     

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