Time for a bear thread

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  1. DocRock

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    https://www.denverpost.com/2021/05/03/colorado-bear-attack/

    Woman in Durango was attacked and eaten Friday night. Female and her cubs. Other bears believed to be involved.

    It’s the hungry time in the Rockies. Bears have emerged from hibernation, but there’s not much food. It’s been snowing heavily up there for the last three days, for example. In my opinion, this is the only time of year that black bears are really dangerous unless you get between mama and her cubs.

    Two of our friends had horses attacked by a mountain lion at a barn on the eastern outskirts of Boulder last week.

    My woods walking carry this time of year is a 16” Rossi R92 in 45LC loaded with hot 250s. For me, it’s a good balance between weight and something that punches with force.
     
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    My BIL sent me this one a couple years ago. Don’t leave your lunch in the truck with the window down.



    The other side of their back fence is NORAD property, so not a lot you can do except go inside when the animals come down. Bears in the backyard, big cats at the grill at night, interesting...
     
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    I read the story with interest as we have vacationed at Lake Purgatory between Durango and Silverton, in Laplata co.
    We fished Purgatory extensively for a week, and had trout for dinner a few times.
    Towards the end of our stay, we inquired of some locals in Durango as to where we might see some bears.....
    "Go drive around Lake Purgatory in the evenings, you'll likely see some up there".

    hmmmm. Maybe not such a good idea that we were letting the boys fish alone til dark, and carry fish guts to the community dumpster after dark.
     
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    I have black bears in the woods. I see flipped over rocks, they are looking for bugs to eat. One decided to knock over my BBQ and put paw prints on the sliding glass door. Curious about this new house I built, what's it doing in my bear woods? Later as we were cooking and the exhaust fan was on, shortly afterwards a bear was on the front porch checking out where the odour was coming from. He decided to walk up and down the drive and around the front seeing what was up. Strange that when he heard a vehicle coming he would disappear over the embankment across the road and reappear when the coast was clear. He also likes to eat out of our compost hole. We can watch him from the porch as he stays somewhat hidden in the woods. Definitely not afraid of humans. I don't eat bear so I leave them alone, the deer aren't so lucky.
     
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    It's often the ones like that that aren't afraid of people that end up chomping someone as the eventually wonder how we taste.

    Maybe a little bear mace education might be a useful way to set some boundaries.
     
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    I would have so much bear in my freezer that I couldn't get the door closed. I can't help if the run into my bullets all the time. LOL
     
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    I read about the attack this morning. Sad day for the family.
     
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    People sometimes scoff at black bears, but they can be dangerous too. I've shared this story on this forum before, but about 20 years ago a black bear took an infant out of a stroller at a vacation cottage near here. Bystanders chased the bear and got it to drop the child, but unfortunately she was already dead. The responding officer shot the bear with a .40-caliber pistol.

     
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    I wish I knew where all those bears were. I just spent 4 days in the Seeley Swan area of Montana trying to find one.
     
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    Me too, I’d love to see one in the wild doing what bears do. I’ve only seen two... one blonde bear ran across the highway in front of me in Vermont... I thought it was a golden retriever until the wife said it was a bear.
    The second was on a trail in the eastern Sierras. It wheeled around and beat feet so fast all I saw was it’s rump as it ran across a stream.

    Stay safe.
     
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  12. .455_Hunter

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    Yup- Welcome to the existence at my family's mountain property for the last 35 years.

    Bear and cat central. Total encounters too numerous to mention and drawn weapon encounters in the dozens with one discharge.

    This is why I eye role defensive "experts" who claim you should "only carry one gun" and that it should "optimized for multiple two-legged attackers".

    :scrutiny:
     
  13. Robert

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    Just... No. We don't need a bear thred
     
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