One of the sad facts of living up in Wyoming very near to Yellowstone… was every year some park visitor got too close to the wildlife…The bears
there have become road side beggars… knowing some poor sucker will toss out a sandwich or apple…and every year some bunny hugger will say
something stupid like…”Honey… go stand next to the bear so I can get a picture!”… Every year game wardens are forced to put down a bear or
elk or other poor innocent critter because of man’s stupidity….
All bears can be dangerous…. The black bear seldom presents any real hazard…. Sows with
cubs have attacked people when they believed that the cubs were threatened, but unprovoked attacks are extremely rare…
Black bears can be a nuisance. I have had black bears raid my food supplies and even break into my tent. I have had them steal moose meat from me.
Black bears raid garbage containers and "panhandle" in many of the national parks. These half-tame bears are very dangerous because they have no
natural fear of humans. I remember one particularly stupid incident of a black bear badly mauling a woman tourist. The woman was feeding the bear
cookies while her husband
was filming the event, but the woman ran out of cookies and the bear became angry because his supply of cookies had suddenly been cut off. Me and that
bad have one thing in common… we don’t like running out of cookies…
Typically… if a Griz see’s you first, you will never see him….however…
Grizzly bears (and in this I include the big Alaskan brown bear) and polar bears are much more dangerous and more aggressive than black bears. They
are also much bigger and much stronger…
there’s an old joke about how you know what kind of bear is chasing you… climb a tree… if the bear climbs up after you, it’s a Black Bear…
if the Bear knocks down the tree…It’s a Griz….
The polar bear is dangerous because he seldom, if ever, comes into contact with humans. Polar bears have actually come up to people from a great
Grizzlies attack people with some regularity. The grizzly has been known to attack completely unprovoked. Some years ago one grizzly killed two young
women in one of the big national parks while they were asleep in their sleeping bags.
Sows with cubs are more prone to attack than lone bears. If you ever accidentally come
between a sow grizzly and her cubs, she will attack. But a grizzly at a food site, such as a
winter-starved elk, is also dangerous. If the bear thinks that you are out there to steal his
food, he may come at you. More than one big-game hunter has been charged by a grizzly
that claimed the hunter's kill.
Of course a wounded grizzly is very dangerous. If he gets away into thick cover, the deck
becomes vastly stacked in his favor. I figure there is better than a fifty-fifty chance that
the hunter will be mauled or killed…. Bank on it
Both polar bears and grizzlies will also raid food caches if they come across them. But
they are not the raiders that the black bear is. This may be because they are not as
numerous as black bears and because they live in areas where large numbers of people
No one should venture into bear country without being observant. If you see a bear, give
him a wide berth. Go ahead and watch him, but from a safe distance with binoculars…
When traveling in the grizzly country of the western states, western Canada, and Alaska,
I would use binoculars to glass the countryside whenever possible before walking
If the cover is too thick, make a noise as you walk … talk, sing, whistle…. Some hikers carry tin cans filled with pebbles to rattle…. Even a
small bell tied to your harness.. Nearly every bear will run if he gets a chance, if he's warned that a human is present. When walking in thick cover,
as on a forest trail, look at the trail for grizzly tracks. If fresh tracks are present, be extra cautious. Both grizzly and black bears have very
poor eyesight…. Their senses of smell and hearing are excellent, perhaps better than that of a white-tailed deer or an elk…. Ladies, it’s not a
good idea to venture into Bear Country during that time of month…
Bears nearly always begin their charge with a roar. There is no mistaking their intention.
Their lips are furled and their jaws are wide open. Incidentally, the old trick of playing
dead when being mauled by a bear seems to work. There are a number of incidents when
this has saved the victim's life.
The fact that bears can be dangerous should not deter anyone from venturing into bear
country. If you exhibit a trace of caution and common sense, you will be in no danger.
Walking across the average city street presents greater danger than hiking in bear
OTHER WILD LIFE
Deer, elk, caribou, moose, wild sheep, mountain goats, bison, cougars, and wolves present no danger. They are all very fearful of man…
Cougars and wolves have been known to follow people, but this seems to be largely due to curiosity. Actual attacks are rare…
My wife tells this story of me chasing a grown Badger trying to get him to turn around so I could get a photo… I got a dozen photos of Badger
butt… But he wanted no part of that crazy human and led me on a merry chase…Never did get him to smile for the camera…
There are only two or three cougar attacks on record…
Similarly, there are very few wolf attacks on record and there is a strong probability that the attacking wolves were rabid…
Bull moose during the rutting season have been known to chase people, to attack horses, and even to attack automobiles and trains... But such
incidents are very rare.
Bullwinkle’s in rut sometimes do unusual things… but I can recall doing unusual things when I
Too was amorously chasing some equally amorous young vixen…
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