Camping in Yukon- Bear Danger?

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  1. KHuddy

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    You must be discounting those who shoot themselves or their companions.
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  2. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    There are campgrounds in and just outside of Dawson. I did see a bear from the campground, but it was quite away in the hills.
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  3. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    No worries man.

    We each have our comfort levels for various situations.
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  4. 4951tomm

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    I am curious......Would you guys advise someone to choose spray over a firearm, and consider it the best advice?
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  5. Harry Swan

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    Hey,
    Hey, Tom! I ran into a couple on an old beat up BMW 20 some years ago in Capital Reef NP. They were on a six month trip and they asked me to take a picture of them. I asked about the bike and he said it was a new airhead, at least it was. They were riding 2 up when a black bear charging across an Alaskan road ran right into them. Put her in hospital for two weeks and left the bike a shambles. I, too, have braked hard to avoid a bear 'crossing the road' without incident, close though.

    I've read threads on ADV over the years and it's always been my impression that no one ever had a gun at hand when encountering a bear. I worry more about moose and that wolverine that ambled by me in 2011. Play by the rules and good luck!
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  6. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    Moose are much more dangerous than bears. I hit a moose on the Alcan while riding my old Wing about 5 years ago. Ouch.
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  7. 4951tomm

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    Saw this while coming thru Whitehorse..... IMG_5557.JPG
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  8. 4951tomm

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    IMG_5560.JPG
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  9. cyclopathic

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    Except when the dandelions bloom or you're fishing salmon. ;)
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  10. Suitcase

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  11. Suitcase

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    I always find Dicks take on things to be consistent with my 68 year old ex hippy,ex Cdn reserve army, worked since I quit high school point of view...keep it up ya geezer.
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  12. Effisland

    Effisland Been here awhile

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    It's true. Plus when was the last time I even saw a bear in the woods nevermind blast off the old shotgun. Reality is like you say, the old prostate will drag us down and not the claws of some old bruin. Me I'd prefer the bruin but most of us don't get to choose.

    Reviews on bearspray are good, at lest on black bears and I've seen them huff at it taken in the face and leave in a hurry. There are sensible ways to avoid them while camping but if you get charged out of the blue it may as well be a coin toss and unless you're prepared for that at all times with something ready to fire a can of pepper on your hip is handy and more likely to be ready...... but chances of that happening are slim. If you stay away from them.
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  13. Alaskahack

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    I've heard some folks have had good experience with wasp/hornet spray cheaper then bear spray, just a thought.
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  14. tiny-wheel-200

    tiny-wheel-200 Been here awhile

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    Every sheep fears the wolf, and every sheep is killed by the shepherd. We spend our whole lives worryig abuot things that are never going to happen and ignoring or unaware of what will kill us. That said, after coming home from costco and started to unload groceries and left the car door open. I came back out 20 minutes later to see that a pretty large blackie was eating all my grapes and had punctured and drank my maple syrup but left the peaches and eggs untouched. I really wanted to eat those grapes. Earlier this summer one had dragged my backpack from the car and eaten my whole pack full of food but left the dehydrated garlic and onions untouched.
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