scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Bear attack
Ted Burton (scouter@CONSULTBURTON.COM
Wed May 24 2000 - 21:34:48 CDT
At 10:37 -0400 on 5/24/00, Peter Farnham spake about Re: Bear attack thus:
I have lived for ten years within three hundred yards of an annually
used grizzly bear den. One winter another bear bedded down within
one hundred yards of our home, in a slash pile barely visible down
the swale from our back yard.
I never saw one of those bears.
For that matter we lived with an active wolf pack about four miles
away over a tall ridge in the next valley, and I once saw one in my
My children, then toddlers and until a time when our youngest was
still only 5, played in our yard, summer and winter, without
incidents. We also had lynx around.
We did not put garbage outdoors except on the exact day of pickup.
Peter's rules are extremely valid.
>Lessons for dealing with bears:
>1. travel in a group.
>2. make some noise as you hike (of course, you don't have to be
For years I have had a belt clip on which my Scout knife and all my
keys hang. When I walk I click and clank and jingle. Works for me,
even when alone. When hiking alone in Alaska I would generally carry
a bear gun, namely a sawed off 12 gauge 3" shotgun loaded with
double-ought buck, but with huffing, puffing, click, jingle, etc. I
never saw a bear. I saw sign, though. Even steaming sign.
>3. if you do encounter one, don't show fear, but don't be provocative.
Do NOT run. Talk to the animal quietly. Do not be threatening, do not
be something to chase.
>4. make yourself look as big as possible.
>5. if a bear comes into your campsite, don't argue--let him take/eat
>whatever he wants.
>6. hang everything smelly (food, soap, etc.) in a bear bag for the night.
Better yet, seal everything tight before you hang it.
Do not be frightened out of the woods.
Do not do anything to domesticate a bear. Do not offer it food. If it
likes the food, it will ask you for more, and will not understand if
you claim there is no more, and over time he will decide to ask
everyone for more, and may even insist. If a bear comes to be
insistent, we are in trouble.
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