Re: black bears
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 12:06:17 -0400
Last year at Philmont (723-T-3) we were doing Trek 11 which takes us to
Sawmill. It had been two pretty tough days hiking as we climbed Mt.
Phillips to a dry camp at Comanche (man is water heavy) and then down a
rugged trail to Sawmill. It was about 3 AM and I hear this unbelievable
pounding. I wake up in a daze (as I was exhausted) and I remember wondering
why anyone would be chopping timber at that time of morning. There was this
constant POUND, POUND, POUND that went on for minutes. It took almost five
minutes for me to wake up completely and realize it was coming from the
direction of the bear cable (thank goodness it was about 50 yards away).
Then the pounding stopped. I then heard an elephant coming through the
woods chasing a mule deer and if you have never heard a frightened deer
squeal in the middle of a dark night while it sounds like an elephant is
coming towards your camp, well I hope you never do. I don't know why the
bear was chasing the mule deer (they don't attack live large mammals and
eat them do they?). Anyway, Philmont has the heavy steel cables many feet
up and burlap bags and fairly heavy rope to haul the stuff up over the
cable. You should have seen the marks on the trees where the bear had been
pounding the crap out of the tree hoping to shake a poorly tied bear bag down.
It was the worst experience I had at Philmont where all other experiences
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City