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#42244 - 06/23/05 03:15 AM How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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In light of the rising frequency of human/bear conflicts, hikers, hunters and fishermen are advised to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.

It is suggested that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears. They are also advised to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear feces. Black bear feces are smaller and contain lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear feces has little bells in it and smells like pepper! <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#42245 - 06/23/05 03:21 AM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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I've got one of those little bells -- always makes me think I am ringing the dinner bell. <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />


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#42246 - 06/23/05 04:09 AM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Registered: 07/11/04
Posts: 32
Loc: OK
Just be able to out run your hunting partner!

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#42247 - 06/23/05 02:08 PM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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That's one thing we really don't have a problem with here in Oklahoma. Although in the Southeast portion of the state where I hunt, we have seen sign. The indications are that they are migrating over from Arkansas.

I was always under the impression that they are generally more scared of you and that as long as you don't startle them..you'll probably be ok.
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#42248 - 06/23/05 02:14 PM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Loc: Texas
Same here. No bears. Occasionally you'll read about a mountain lion attacking a jogger but that's about it.
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#42249 - 06/23/05 09:17 PM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Yep, my parents live South of Ada, Ok. Mom informed me on our last visit that she has seen a cougar(mountain lion) several times out in the pasture. She's afraid to go out there now and dad is packin' heat when he goes out. <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#42250 - 06/23/05 10:49 PM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Wow - I'm the third Okie to post in a thread on bears. Who'd a thunk it?

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#42251 - 06/24/05 12:12 AM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Thanks, I needed that laugh... but seriously, I still say, the best bear defence is a 12 guage, no sport plug, and alternating slugs and buck-shot. Better to be fined for shooting a bear than ending up being his lunch <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Troy

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#42252 - 06/24/05 03:00 AM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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BEAR=Big Ever Awful PHRASECENSOREDPOSTERSHOULDKNOWBETTER. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Seriously, I ran into a Razorback black bear whilst "deer camping"...he was hungry. Dropped an MRE and walked away.
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#42253 - 07/18/05 02:54 AM Re: How to protect yourself from bear attacks.
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Registered: 07/10/05
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there was a news report of Grizzly bear attack on female mountain biker who was jogging with a friend in British columbia, Canada. She was stalked over a mile. She climbed a tree but the bear still drag her down. I think that it is best to carry bear repellent spray when one goes into bear country whether you jog or bike. People are building their homes into bear territory now. The bear lose its fear of humans. Once it happened tradgedy always follows.

Do you guys carry some sort of sharp folder to defend yourself in case of black bear or mountain lion attack ?

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