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Discussion in 'Canada' started by MGV8, Jan 22, 2017.
Those "Kodak" bears are very photogenic.
But more cougars
They are easy to spot in their convertible Miatas.
Not sure about that, My wife had a meltdown when we stopped at Grasslands for the night and the windows of the camper went black with Thirsty Mosi's
We were car camping at Porteau Cove ( great Campsite just north of Vancouver) right on the salt chuck.This is not my photo but was taken pretty close to our camping site.
On arrival we were told there was a bear around the campsite. We were testing out the new Redverz Tent . About 3 am I had to get up to take a leak.
I sat up and turned on my iPad to give me some light so I could unzip the doors and step outside.
As soon as I rustled around and turned on the iPad we had a woof, woof and a rather large bear nose pushed in the side of the tent by my feet.
It wakes up my wife who is not a bear lover.She sees me sitting in the tent with a can of Bear spray and a flashlight .The Bear is huffing and sniffing around the Tent. We have nothing inside that will draw it in no toothpaste, nothing so I expect he will go away in time.
She says to me "What do we do now?"
I said "well until it is light outside I am going to sit here and think about not taking a leak,I suggest you go back to sleep."
Where we live they are bears and coyotes around all the time. I will try and find the movie I took of the black bear humping our Bear safe garbage can with the metal rim in front of our house and post it here
That was filmed after the asshat bear dragged the "bear proof" garbage can along the whole side of my car deeply scratching all 4 side panels and then throwing the can on to the trunk and scratching the crap out of the trunk as well.
$8,500.00 Insurance claim.
I had a similar Bear encounter in a tent just west of Calgary, but the bear's nose nudged my head through the nylon tent wall. At least one of my riding partners is convinced bears don't move around at night and is sure my encounter is imaginary. Telling stories versus relating experiences and it's it's rarely worth the aggravation to try and convince. Unforgettable experience as you know.
He is moving to Vancouver Island so hopefully he doesn't find out the truth the hard way. It would at the very least be a humbling experience.
Well on the island he also gets to think about Cougars
Then there is this tough guy with his jackknife.
One of my wife's pals took a great photo of a cougar sitting in a tree in her back yard about a mile from where we live in North Vancouver.
Our neighbours across the street have had a bobcat showing up on a regular basis in their backyard.
Another popular myth is that black bears can't swim
Nothing to do with Tuk, but as we're talking about wild cats, I took this photo from my dinning room window.
Canadian Lynx can be nearly 2 ft tall at the shoulder.
No worries. It's all to do with Tuk. On the way to Tuk, any where in Northern Canada for that matter you are in their territory and all wildlife deserves respect. Never thought I was scared of bears until a Massive Griz crossed the road in front of me. I didn't stop for pictures. Just had another one cross in front of me on the last trip. No pictures of that one either . I ride a big sidecar and I think he out weighted me. I didn't slow down.
If I was 18 then a cougar would be 1/2 of 18 (9) + 7 or 34 year old lady but
I am 61 then a cougar would be 1/2 of 61 (30) + 7 or 98 year old lady or Betty White.
Does Betty White even have a Miata?
One day in New Brunswick I woke up next to a dead deer. It was late when I put up the tent. That same night a moose almost walked over my tent.
Your formula is messed up.
61 - 7 = 54.
54 x 2 = 108.
You need to find a minimum 108 year old babe to be your cougar.
Now you guys are getting off track. Of course, on one of my trips North, one of the Road flaggers was flirting with me, She certainly looked to be about 108.
Last year I actually started on the road to Tuk.
I rode my 2014 Honda Forza maxi-scooter along the first km of the highway just to read all of the signs.
I would have continued but I wanted to be in Dawson City on my 60th birthday, June 21, 2019.
I was stolen as a new born by the Anglican Church but my birth mother eventually married in to the Dawson family.
She was Mrs Tom Dawson until she kicked the drunk out.
I am probably a 4th cousin 3 times removed by marriage or some other obscure relationship.
Other family members also married other Dawson's.
Has it been snowing in Tuk this fall?
I hate bears. I didn't know bears like toothpaste.
I camped several times in the Yukon.
Surprised I made it out alive.
Anything that goes in my tent has to be scent-free. I don't even put snack in my tank bag as that comes with me in the tent. I have a dedicated "smelly" pannier with food, toiletries, etc that stays with the bike, in a bear locker, or tucked beside another camper (just kidding....).
with that rule, after a week on the road I would have to sleep outside the tent
I have heard this very sad story far too many times in the north. Reparations are never going to be enough to fix the historical damage. The problems are almost insurmountable I fear if they are continue to be "managed" in the current fashion
This topic could be it's own thread.
Toothpaste was an example , anything with a scent should be away from your tent Soap , Shampoo, deodorant , chewing gum, breath mints. Farts and stinky feet can not be moved away from the sleeping camper with today's technology.
To stay safe and protect wilderness, travel with two goals in mind: limiting your impact by avoiding encounters and managing your food, food smells and garbage.
Camp in designated areas where provided.
If random camping, set up cooking, eating, and food storage areas at least 50 metres downwind from your tent. Ensure good visibility so animals cannot approach unseen. Avoid camping, cooking or eating near running water, thick brush, animal trails or berry patches.
Keep yourself and campsite odour-free. Keep sleeping bags, tents, and sleeping clothes free of food, food odours or beverages.
Leave smelly cosmetics at home. Store toiletries and personal items with food.
Store your food, pet food, livestock feed and garbage away from your tent. Use storage facilities in designated backcountry campgrounds. In random camping areas, hang it between two trees at least 4 metres above the ground and 1.3 metres from top and side supports or use bear resistant canisters instead.
Wash and store all dishes and food utensils immediately after use. Strain food particles from dishwater and store with garbage. Dump dishwater in designated areas or at least 50 metres from your sleeping area.
Pack out garbage—do not burn or bury it and do not dispose of it in pit privies.
Apologies for being one of the folk who got off topic!
In an attempt to make up, here are some photo's from the Dempster. (2015, so before the extension to Tuk and therefore only as far as Inuvik.)
Grey wolf north of Tombstone;
My bike got dirty ...
I loved the Dempster, pictures do it no justice.
Blue skies and puffy clouds. I got to the sign and had some Raviolis at Tombstone NP in 2019 after D2D. Unbelievable riding, people, and scenery! Oh how i miss the Yukon.
Woman and her dog on the Road To Tuk as we speak...