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Thankfully not. That accident was just up the road from me, but didn't get much attention locally. As I've probably noted here before, the best current estimate in my county is now up to about 5 bears per square mile. With most of us commuting long distances every day, almost everyone has had to stop for a bear once or twice. We had an out-of-state visitor last weekend who saw her first bear before we even got home. That's why our trash lives in the house until 15 minutes before the trucks come.SuperstitionGuy wrote:Big_Load do you ride a motorcycle?
Once I woke up in the middle of the night because of noise downstairs. I had left the door open and a bear was rummaging around in the garage. I chased it out into the driveway and got the door down. It tried for an hour or so to get back in, but eventually gave up.azbackpackr wrote:Hmmm, maybe next time you go home from work you will find a bear living in the house, too!
Yes, I sure would like to read a far more detailed account than what I've seen so far. It just doesn't make any sense.montezumawell wrote:Please, please do be sure to read the evolving controversy about the death of Erwin Evert June 17. There has been a LOT of misinformation circulating about his tragic death. Personally, I'd bet the whole thing is heading straight to the courtroom very soon.
I've been hiking in Glacier every other summer this century and have only seen a grizzly and cubs from a distance one time. But we are going into prime bear country this time so it's good to at least be informed.Subject: being bear aware.
First of all, click on this link and check out the video http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation ... aware.html
After enjoying that go to the menu pages on the left and click on Bear Spray to read about it. Feel free to read any of the other menu items.
Report: Warning signs removed at griz mauling site
By MEAD GRUVER (AP) – 14 hours ago
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two researchers who tranquilized and studied a grizzly bear hours before the animal killed a hiker near Yellowstone National Park removed warning signs as they left the site, an investigation has found.
A report released Monday also says the victim knew the researchers were studying bears less than a mile from his summer cabin, and expressed hope that he would meet them while hiking so he could ask them about their work.
Erwin Frank Evert, 70, a botanist from Park Ridge, Ill., went hiking the afternoon of June 17 from the summer cabin he owned about six miles from Yellowstone's east gate. The 430-pound bear killed him where the bear, caught in a previously set snare, was studied that morning.
Authorities shot and killed the bear from a helicopter two days later.
The researchers are members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. Yellowstone grizzlies are listed as a threatened species and the team is responsible for monitoring their numbers and health.
The report recommends that the team adopt detailed standards for posting warning signs.
The report drew from interviews with and statements by the two study team researchers, Seth Thompson and Chad Dickinson, and interviews with and statements by others.
Thompson wrote that they took down the warning signs while they left the groggy bear to finish waking up. It was their last day of studying grizzlies in the area and they hadn't seen any hikers in the drainage during their three weeks of work, he wrote.
The weather was brisk and snowy, he wrote.
"We also felt that the unfavorable weather conditions would curtail human activity that day," Thompson wrote.
The researchers left the bear at 12:30 p.m. and Evert began hiking at 12:45 p.m., according to the report.
Around 6:15 p.m., Evert's wife, Yolanda Evert, met Dickinson and Thompson after they'd returned to the trailhead and told them Evert was late getting back. Dickinson wrote that he rode a horse back to the trap site and found Evert face-down with significant head injuries.
Dickinson returned quickly to the trailhead.
"I was concerned for my own safety and was very convinced that Mr. Evert was indeed dead," Dickinson wrote.
The report relayed accounts suggesting Evert put himself at risk despite being aware of the danger.
Evert had seen the warning signs while hiking yet expressed hope in the days before his death that he could "catch up with" the researchers and talk to them, said the report, drawing from a statement by a forest ranger who'd talked to Evert's wife and daughter.
"They said he had a natural curiosity which was part of his personality as a scientist," wrote Terry Root, a district ranger for Shoshone National Forest, where Evert was killed.
Evert apparently strayed half a mile uphill from his usual hiking route to reach the site where he was attacked, according to a map in the report showing Evert's usual hiking "circuit" and the location of the research site.
He was not carrying bear spray or a firearm, according to the report.
Evert's daughter, Mara Domingue, of Ventress, La., did not return a phone message seeking comment. Study team leader Chuck Schwartz, with the U.S. Geological Survey in Bozeman, Mont., also did not return a phone message seeking comment.
Everyone I have ever spoken to that has actually been taught how to handle a bear or has actually *had* an encounter with one would agree with this statement.montezumawell wrote:we no longer carry a pistol. We gave that up quite awhile ago. We do carry bear spray and we believe that it will work if we need it to work.
Anchorage police officer repels black bear with Taser
Anchorage Daily News
Published: July 23rd, 2010 07:56 AM Last Modified: July 23rd, 2010 07:57 AM
A problem bear that has been frequenting Hillside homes and yards in recent weeks was subjected to shock therapy from police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker's Taser on Thursday morning. After the small black bear got into a fish fryer on the porch, Parker decided to try a novel approach to deconditioning the animal to people, he said. He armed himself with a backup firearm and a personal Taser C2, which launches a 30-second burst of 100,000 volts, Parker said.
"I thought, 'Here is a wonderful opportunity to give this a test,' " Parker said. He fired out the window and hit the bear in the shoulder from about 15 feet, he said.
"The bear promptly went inverted, with feet in the air, growling and crying at the same time, flailing with his feet," Parker said. "He actually rolled off the porch."
When it was done, the bear sat up, shook his head, seemingly to regain his wits, and then bolted "faster than any bear I've ever seen," he said.
"Hopefully, he's associating electrification with getting into mischief in people's homes," Parker said.
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