BILL NELSON (nelsonb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 08:45:42 -0700
I am trying to compile information on living with
bears in bear country. I have found the following
on rec.backcountry, but would like more info and
also info on other types of bears.
Only the bear facts, please ;-)
Black Bear Safety
Q: What should you do if you are in your tent and a bear comes
"sniffing" around? Should you make noise or stay silent? I ask this
because it happened to me. I remained silent and it hung around for
quite awhile. I must say it was not the most pleasent sound I heard.
A: It usually depends on what type of bear lives in the area you are
in. Would this be a black bear? A grizzly? A brown bear? The facts I
provided are for BLACK BEARS only, and that's really my specialty.
For BLACK BEARS, if you can stand being scared a bit, and you have taken
good precautions to hang anything that smells out of their reach (and
keep a clean tent and site) just let them be. They'll probably wander
off in a bit. If not, you can try to scare them off by making a loud,
deep noise, or bang a shoe against a pot. That'll probably scare them
off. If the bear tries to rip through your tent (it does have sharp
claws), back towards the door and leave (or go through a wall if you
must), talking to it LOUD and DEEP (try "THERE IS A BEAR IN MY TENT. I
AM NOW LEAVING" or whatever else comes to mind). You should be trying to
inform any public around of your situation. DO NOT turn your back to
the bear. Try to make yourself as TALL as possible. If it attacks
(***VERY UNLIKELY***) be the agressor. Fight back vigourously.
But remember: you are in black bear country. The black bear is
completely entitled to wander wherever it wants to, and if that includes
your site then so be it. The black bear did NOT come to your site to
try to attack you, it is just naturally curious. It smelt something
different, maybe your food, and just wanted to find out what it was.
The black bear does NOT want to fight.
For those who cannot get enough of good info, check out the book Bear
Attacks by Stephan Herrero. It covers Black and Brown bears based on
30+ years of research. It may not make you feel better but you will be
informed when you get done. I figure the more info I can learn from the
better. In this case I would not care to learn first hand from my
mistakes. I will admit to a little Bearanoia even knowing the odds of
being hit by lightning are better than being bitten by a bear.
I hope this helps you a bit.
**I invite any comment/corrections on my post. This does not
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Editor's note:...please Bear in mind that food to a bear equals food as
we know it, plus "garbage", wrappers, soap, lip balm, sunscreen,
toothpaste, anything with a fragrance (remember, they are more practiced
at using their sense of smell that we are).
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