Help a brother not get eaten in bear country

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  1. ADV Wanderer

    ADV Wanderer Been here awhile

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    I use the barrel style as well. They're more difficult to open when it's cold outside, that's for sure!
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    So did the cameraman get eaten?
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  5. ADV Wanderer

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    The kid (he is 15yo) left his phone at the base of the hill to film himself coming down it. He was riding alone.
    The bear obviously took an interest in it lol
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    Off topic bear story.
    I have seen bears in AK.
    They always ran away.

    Today in Oregon riding near a wilderness area on a gravel road at @ 20mph, a cub ran out of the ditch and in front of me. We made contact. He kept on running and I fell down.
    I had been thinking about a friend who was in a wreck recently when a deer ran in front of him. Karmic collision or collusion?

    What a totally weird experience.
    Hope he is not broken.

    I got scuffed.
    Ordered elbow protection when I got home.
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    If I struck a bear cub I'd be seriously worried where the mother bear was since she wouldn't understand me hitting her cub was an accident. You were very fortunate to have been able to pick your bike up and continue riding since even a slow speed fall can cause serious injury.
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    jaksavage Smooth and a little sneaky

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    I was aware of my position. Vulnerable.
    And I was glad I wasn't injured...much.
    I pushed the bike away from the scene 20 yards and then made repairs on my clutch cable before I could restart.
    Absolutely left me dazed.
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    I'm glad damage to you and the bike was minimal and you didn't encounter an angry mother bear. I hit a deer last October and ended up with a broken leg, dislocated ankle and totaled bike.
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  12. ADV Wanderer

    ADV Wanderer Been here awhile

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    Tim over on FTA Adventures just covered this briefly on his channel. Nothing earth shattering but thought I would share since it is relevant.

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    RJAMT Who remembered the winch? Supporter

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    Lots of interesting discussion but folks need to keep a bit of perspective also. Here are the average number of human deaths per year in the United States...

    1 - Alligators
    1 - Sharks
    2 - Bears (1.8 actually)
    6 - Snakes
    7 - Spiders
    20 - Cows
    28 - Dogs
    58 - Bees/Wasps/Hornets
    200 - Deer (by far the deadliest non-human animal!)

    262 - Humans murdered in just the city where I live last year

    Take basic precautions. Pay attention to your surroundings. Appreciate that you are far safer in the woods than most cities and enjoy your trip!
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    Improper food handling in bear country is like flashing Rolex watches, diamonds, and wads of $100 bills on the NY subway. Not all who are stupid or nieve are killed.
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    RJAMT Who remembered the winch? Supporter

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    Give up the wad of cash you were (stupidly) flashing and you will probably be fine. Kind of like sleeping curled around your food stash in bear country.

    Here's the 2019 visitor numbers just for the top 10 most visited national parks. Most of these have plenty of bears.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park 12.5 million
    Grand Canyon National Park 5.97 million
    Rocky Mountain National Park 4.7 million
    Zion National Park 4.5 million
    Yosemite National Park 4.4 million
    Yellowstone National Park 4 million
    Acadia National Park 3.4 million
    Grand Teton National Park 3.4 million
    Olympic National Park 3.2 million
    Glacier National Park 3 million

    Literally millions of people head into the woods and mountains every year with no problems. Don't be stupid but don't be paranoid either.
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  16. ADV Wanderer

    ADV Wanderer Been here awhile

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    The other thing about food discipline is related to the campers who come after you. You may have an exciting night and/or lose your food, but the bear will become increasingly bolder after that.
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    Local story from a few years backā€¦..
    Folks were back packing and used the standard bear proof container for food storage. To make it easier to handle they put the container in a tote, and in the evening left it just outside the sleeping area.
    Bear just picked up the sack a walked away.
    Probably never got the food, but neither did they.
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    Just to add a reminder for after dark, especially for black bears. That fur doesn't reflect, unlike deer eyes. If you're on, for example, the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian mountains, watch for the suspicious lack of light just as much as reflection from the roadside.

    I was riding from Boone, NC to Asheville via the Parkway one night in autumn years ago. I think I was about 2/3 of the way when I noticed a couple reflectors on the double yellow appeared to be missing in the upcoming curve. Turned out to be a black bear cub that had been crossing, but my bike's engine spooked it and it was following the reflectors in a confused hurry as my headlight made them appear!
    After making sure Mama wasn't going to tap me on the shoulder, I stopped & blocked the light until it hustled down the bank off the road.
    Ever since, I pay as much attention to noticeable absences of light as I do lights out of place.
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