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Minn. Woman attacked by Black Bear

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mannlicher, Jul 31, 2005.

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  1. Mannlicher

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  2. Cosmoline

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    There are more and more black bears wandering in and around new suburban developments in the US, and most of the locals have no idea what they're dealing with. THere are several living around a recent reitrement development where my parents live in Oregon, and it makes me nervous to see how lightly people treat them. A full grown adult male probably isn't going to get attacked, but black bears have a very long history of turning predatory on small women and children. Yet folks still leave bird suet and garbage all over.
     
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    Yeah my folks think im crazy for carrying everytime I'm in the Wood in Northern Wisconsin . Last Fall a Logger was almost lunch for a pack of wolves. I figure as the saying goes "rather have it...... you know the rest..
     
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    I've run into a lot of them on the local trails and never had a problem, but they are always worth keeping two eyes on. Because I guarantee whether you see them or not, THEY are keeping two eyes and a sensitive nose on you. What folks see as "cute" behavior such a standing up and eyeing you is the bear's way of determining whether you're stomach size or not. If you're taller than the bear and bigger, they generally leave you alone. If you're smaller and unprotected, sometimes they go away, and sometimes they don't go away. You don't need to shoot them on sight, but it's a good idea to be ready--and it's a VERY good idea to ditch the suet and keep the garbage secured.
     
  5. WT

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    Last year 3 NJ Boy Scouts were attacked by 2 black bears. The scouts had candy in their day packs.

    Even the bears are learning to 'gang up' on their victims.
     
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    Two years ago, one black bear medium size, dispute me the right of way in a narrow trail that was between my cabin and my fishing hole.

    This way at night and what save me from getting hurt was my quick deployment of my .45 and illumination from my MAG 951 lumens flashlight (bear was blinded by the light) The wind was blowing my scent to him and he was well aware of what I was, besides I was screaming to the top of my lungs what I thought his mother was!!

    My wife and my 10 years old son (at the time) had a similar experience in Maine, in 2005, late at night, they both had 30-06's with TAM III lights under the forearm, but this was after hunting hours, and the bear didn't attack.

    I don't carry a .45 in the woods anymore, now I use a .44 Magnum at the very least.

    black bear
     
  7. jdkelly

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    Maine Hunting Question

    black bear,

    OFF TOPIC SORRY

    Can you attach lights to hunting rifles in Maine?


    Respectfully,

    jdkelly
     
  8. walking arsenal

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    Heres what the we reported on the subject, i work for an ABC afiliate here in duluth. www.wdio.com

    It's a pretty big deal here.

    Relax guys, i just run the cameras.
     
  9. Browns Fan

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    *sheeple mode on*
    But, but, but they're so cuuute and cuddly!
    *sheeple mode off*
    :banghead:
     
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    There's that coffee can again - they will get everyone in trouble with the law, even bears. :what: :p
     
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    She walked a 1/4 mile back to her home to call for help, but they found her lying in her front yard. :scrutiny:
     
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    jdKelly,

    During the day I hunt with my mormal hardware, when I walk out at night I want to see as well as any bear in the woods, I use flashlight and mounted weapons lights in my rifle and even lasers.

    I have had problems before, and I don't like to be handicaped

    My life is more important that any bear's life

    regards
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    jdkelly,

    I am sorry I feel so strongly about the issue of bears attacking people.

    Here is N. Y. it is not legal to use a light in your gun after dark, and the hunting regulation even specify that you should use a small AA flashlight to walk out of the woods.
    Except when engaging in coyote or Raccoon hunting.

    If I remenber correctly in Maine you can not have a gun at all if you are in the woods using a light. I have helped the Outfitter look for wounded bears with lights but not gun (I did carry a BIG knife)

    When on my own or to protect the life of my wife and son I will carry anything
    regardless of what the hunting regulations said.
    I just don't want to be another victim.

    Best regards
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    They're probably going to send it to Guantanimo. The A.C.L.U. will have a screeching fit, of course.
     
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    And how will they determine if it's the right bear? Interogate it under bright lights, place it in a lineup with other bears, or submit it to a polygraph test? :D
     
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