Re: Bear Safety
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 14:56:25 EDT
BILL NELSON writes:
> 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.
> If it attacks
> (***VERY UNLIKELY***) be the agressor. Fight back vigourously.
Just a note on the --very unlikely-- notation, aren't the majority of
bear attacks on people inflicted by black bears? I appreciate that
the possibilities of being attacked by a bear are estimated to be less
than being struck by lightening.
> 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.
Scott, do you have more details on the bear deaths in Algonquin, in
1991? when the couple was killed and eaten by a black bear. This
seemed to have been a case where the couple was stalked and killed for
food, or at least that is what I recall reading in the papers. I
don't recall if the bear was declared to be healthy or not. I bring
this up not to contest your basic claim that in general black bears do
not want to fight. Having lived in Prince Rupert and having done a
fair bit of canoeing and hiking through the coastal forest bush I have
had several black bear encounters. In every case the bears just had to detect
my presence before taking off. These were wilderness bears though,
encountered up rivers and trails relatively far away from commercial
or intensive human traffic.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City