There’s been a great deal of news as of late concerning teenagers being attacked in Alaska by a bear. Now, I lived in Alaska for five years, yes,
it may have been a military base, however survival education in Alaska is a requirement on that base. Because Alaska is a dangerous place to live.
It has bears, Moose, wildcats, Dall sheep that climb on the mountains, whales and other fish they can bite you, mud flats, which a lot of people do
not know about. There are a lot of dangerous things in Alaska point blank, including palin. Alaska in all of its glory is one of the most beautiful
states. If you have an opportunity to visit.
If you plan on being out in the tundra you are required, last I knew, to take a survival class. Yes, theses kids had instructors, however, their
education of Alaska is far from the education I received on how to stay alive in Alaska from the United States military, an Alaskan survival guide,
not to mention the Alaskan natives that live there. There are a few rules of conduct through the seasons in Alaska. I suppose you had-have to live
there to understand, that is not a diss, The one specific thing that I really remember my guides telling me to do if the bear came after me. Stop,
Drop, and Play Dead.
My ex-husband, who grew up in Maine, where bears are quite popular. They are important as well, the bears that is. I grew up in Colorado, guess what,
we have bears as well. I have never been taught anything different with bears, if you are unarmed, to stop, drop and play dead. I was also taught to
pay attention to my surroundings, especially in Alaska. Because a mother moose can do as much damage to you as a Kodiak bear. Let’s not mention
rutting season when animals are more aggressive and you have to deal with the male species of the animals. I grew up in a family of hunters my
ex-husband has a family of hunters, my son hunt my daughter hunts. ( there is nothing wrong with hunting. As long as you eat the meat and are not
wasting the animal. Trophy hunters get a grip. Your diminishing our food supply.)
There is a reason why I just put that paragraph up, when I arrived in Alaska in the middle of January 2002, I was required, might have been because it
was military, to take survival classes. It didn’t matter where I came from, it didn’t matter my husband at the time was from Maine. What
mattered was where to go, what to do in an emergency, and how to survive if attacked by any animal in Alaska. You are not talking about docile
animals. Okay, maybe the sheep were docile I still wouldn’t test it. The people there are very hard-core as far as being for better words, a true
mountain person. Homesteading living off the land eating the food to catch and the list goes on. For the most part in Alaska, they are going tell
you what you should and should not do to survive.
I was told that the reason for this is because Alaska doesn’t want to clean up the foreigners who think that they could survive there. I’m sure
that’s a bit extreme, that is what I was told though. After all the accidents in Alaska because of people not thinking not paying attention and
ignoring what they’ve been told to do to survive. Why would they want to clean up from people who come from the outside? Because their state money
will have to used. Why should they, the state of Alaska, have to pay for somebody being ignorant, when I know for a fact if these kids did have a
‘survival guide‘ they did not pay attention? That being said, please understand I have no issue with the state of Alaska at what they have done
what I have an issue with is that for some reason these kids are heroes when they did not follow instructions. How do I know this, I lived there, I
had I am sure, the same classes and same instruction as these ignorant people. In no way shape or form did they ever tell me to run away from a bear.
As a matter of fact they told me the bear would attack more if I ran. You stop, drop and play dead.
First thing said about bear country and survival of such. Do not try to outrun the bear; he will catch up to you. Do not climb a tree; they will
climb up the tree. Lay down and play dead., Yes, you might get a few scratches and yeah, he’s probably going to bite you, however, eventually he
will get bored and move away. It Alaska you have a variety of bears. You have polar bears, Kodiak bears, brown bears, let’s not forget black bears
as well. Then you have the people bears. They are completely different subject.
During the survival courses that you do take in Alaska, is usually who they bring in our people live in the tundra or Bush. If you want to call it
that. They are the pioneers and survivors of that land. They are homesteaders, more than likely were raised and born there, and the conditions of
living in Alaska, they’re crazy. You really have to pay attention to survive, sometimes you only get one time to survive. Therefore, you must pay
attention to the instructions of survival that are given to you.
This `kids, as much as they said they listen to their instructors did not do so. In no way shape or form. They were walking as the sun was setting
down and it was dusk. You don’t do that, not there. They did not pay attention to their surroundings because they would have seen the cub and the
mother. There is no way that if they spotted the cub that they did not know that mother was around. There are special rules for mother and child of
animals. The special rule is do not ever get between a mother and a baby in the wild. No matter what animal it is because you will be attacked due
to your own ignorance. The animal is defending its young. Guess what, the animal will win. Go ask a hunter about stepping between a baby and momma, it
is not a pretty site when it happens. Anyone who lives in the woods will more than likely agree with me. They also were trying to cross a river at
dusk. Believe me right now. It’s not dark and light. it’s dusk.
They panicked, all of them and now are lying and being rewarded for the lies. They did not stay together as a group. And of course the last thing,
the ignoramus ran. Of coarse the bear is going to chase after him and the others. It is now a game and protecting her young. Are you going to try
to reason with the bear? Are you going to say okay were not playing a game? *to the bear that is* if this is a case you better bring a salmon because
the bears are not going to be happy if you don’t.
Yes, these kids, according to them ”did and everything they were told to do“. Anyone who has lived in Alaska, or currently lives there knows this
is not true. They were smart aleck kids from other states who had no clue how to live and survive in such terrain as Alaska and they were/are too
arrogant, high and mighty, and stuck on themselves to accept that fact.
This is why you don’t give ignorant people gun licenses because you have people like this who state, “They listened to every thing they were
told” I understand this is going to be a very long rant of frustration. The reality is that someone has to question the validity that we are going
to reward ignorance by giving them things to encourage their stupidity. The kid from New York, got home today, tomorrow he’s getting some sort of
key to the city or something. Are you for real, you’re going to reward stupidity? Give me a break.
How to Survive A Grizzly Attack
1. Carry bear pepper spray. Experts recommend that hikers in bear country carry with them bear pepper spray. UDAP bear pepper spray is a highly
concentrated capsaicin spray that creates a large cloud. This stuff will usually stop a bear in it’s tracks.
2. Don’t run. When you run, the bear thinks you’re prey and will continue chasing you, so stand your ground. And don’t think you can out run a
bear. Bears are fast. They can reach speeds of 30 mph. Unless you’re an Olympic sprinter, don’t bother running.
3. Drop to the ground in the fetal position and cover the back of your neck with your hands. If you don’t have pepper spray or the bear continues to
charge even after the spray, this is your next best defense. Hit the ground immediately and curl into the fetal position.
4. Play dead. Grizzlies will stop attacking when they feel there’s no longer a threat. If they think you’re dead, they won’t think you’re
threatening. Once the bear is done tossing you around and leaves, continue to play dead. Grizzlies are known for waiting around to see if their victim
will get back up
As far as I’m concerned, they could’ve stayed in Alaska, we have far too many here that are already ignorant. Now they’re going to be heroes,
for not listening, for not following instructions, for thinking they knew better than the guides because it is obvious that they did not listen. Not
to mention how much it cost Alaska as well. However much it cost to send someone, by air to get them back them out where they were, not to mention
the hospital fees, and possibly what it costs for the reputations of their guides. Who I am absolutely positive, gave them the same instructions that
I was given back at 2002
Who wins the Darwin award. This month…
This group of kids, I generally don’t use the word kids for children, because a kid is a goat. In this case, they are kids. What’s funny, well
not so much, as those of us who’ve lived in the Alaskan world know the truth, and that these kids are lying, in listening they didn’t pay
attention to instructions, costing a great deal and creating a huge spectacle for the world to watch. Instant fame, how sad.
So in closing, I say bravo, ignorant beings, you have just proven that stupidity is rewarded, when in reality, they should be reprimanded and
corrected for their actions of basic ignorance on the highest level. they should have to repay everything they cost the state of Alaska. Retake the
course, then dropped in the middle of the tundra and left to their own survival skills to find Fairbanks or Anchorage.
I know that sounds really harsh, but in all reality, do we really want this to be our future of America? Do we really want to reward some Long Island
spoiled brat who is absorbing the media attention at this moment in time, who lied along with his friends the truth of this attack. And whose fault
it really was.
Bear one, ignoramus infamous.
I have already written the local msm news about their misreporting, however I am sure they will not respond and make the story work for them.
Thanks for hanging on to the post and reading...
edit on 03/21/2011 by Ainge because: links did not work.