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Seems like some camper that left food under their pillow in their tent around the Bog Springs? area was killed 5? or so years ago. Actually on second thought that sounds ludicrous being south of Tucson. It's early, perhaps I dreamed that along with somebody got killed in Kansas by a sharkdshillis wrote:Wiki article I just found shows that in the last 50 years, there have been no bear fatalities in Arizona.
azpride wrote:I smell a firearm debate getting ready to brew.
Interesting...I have not heard about that. Anyone else heard of that? I could see it up in the Pinalenos, but that's not really south of Tucson.joe bartels wrote:dshillis wrote:Seems like some camper that left food under their pillow in their tent around the Bog Springs? area was killed 5? or so years ago. Actually on second thought that sounds ludicrous being south of Tucson. It's early, perhaps I dreamed that along with somebody got killed in Kansas by a shark
I don't think swarming bees are much to worry about. It's when you get near their nest that they'll attack.Stiller wrote:I just avoided a bee swarm the other day while jogging on the canal. They flew just right in front of me and i almost ran into them. I immediately reversed direction 2 steps and they were already all gone by then. I think if you ever do encounter a swarm while hiking, duck and cover and count to 10 and they should be gone by then.
When I was 10, we were playing war and I fell on a Yellowjackets nest. I was stung so many times, I had to go to the hospital. Needless to say I hate bees, but I do like honey ;). As far as hiking, I've never been attacked. Although yesterday, on Shaw Butte a man was struggling to control his pitbull and I moved wayyyyy off trail . I carry a knife, but like others said mostly for cutting stuff not for protection.azpride wrote:It's when you get near their nest that they'll attack
A forest service LEO told Nick and I the same thing las year down there.writelots wrote: When I querried them as to what was up, they told me that there were folks running drugs over Josephine Pass using the trail system and human mules with really large, heavy backpacks.
Tread lightly and the only shooting of animals will be with your camera. Habitat encroachment is another beast altogether, though...writelots wrote: 99% of them dont' want anything to do with you, and if you practice clean camping techniques mentioned earlier, you can really count on sleeping safely.
I'm so jealous. Make sure you have plenty of protection. I'd say SPF 50 and at least one of those fruity rum drinks with an umbrella in it. ;)azbackpackr wrote:I think I will go to the beach!
azbackpackr wrote:Most of us who have been around remember well the two bear attacks in the Catalinas in the summer of, I think, 1996.
Just to clarify: The attack on the 12-year-old Girl Scout occurred at Whispering Pines Girl Scout Camp. A couple weeks later, the attack on the 4H Club youth leader, 16-year-old Anna Knockel, occurred at the Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp, which the 4H Club was renting for a few days. (That was the one where my daughter was present at the time.) And yes, it was a handgun that was used. Following the camp's rules, the adult male leader had left his handgun locked in the glove compartment of his car, rather than bringing it into his tent. If you have ever been to Camp Lawton, then you know the set-up. The parking area is at the entrance, and you have to walk down and carry your gear to the various tent sites scattered about in the woods. So the attack occurred at least 1/4 mile from the parking area, as I recall. After several people were hitting the bear with sticks and banging pans and screaming and the bear did not desist in tearing Anna apart, then that man ran up to his vehicle and got his handgun, ran back and shot the bear. Then the bear stopped attacking Anna, ran off and died.aa7jc wrote:azbackpackr wrote:Most of us who have been around remember well the two bear attacks in the Catalinas in the summer of, I think, 1996.
Truly a gruesome story and yes I do remember at least the attack on the girl scout. Didn't someone shoot that bear with a handgun to break off the attack?.