Bear country & leaving the campsite

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  1. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    The grizzlies still wonder through the campgrounds in WY and MT looking for food. They appear not to be afraid of humans; and if surprised they probably will attack. I know when I was walking the dogs in and around, I carried the bear spray and a .44 or a 12-gauge slung over the shoulder. Last couple of years, they were all over the campgrounds I was camping in; once in a while they were seen, most of the time you just had to be careful where to step. They left some big ones lying around.

    Since all were putting food in the bear containers and most had large dogs, they did not tend to hang around, but looks like they continued to return to have a look.

    But the only time I have run into grizzlies directly was hiking and then bear spray did the job.
    Did have a black in MT one year scare the you know what out of a guy, but he was actually cooking bacon on the outside grill at about 5:30-6 AM. He jumped into his hard sided trailer, and bear had a great breakfast. An hour later he left (the guy, the bear I hear left after eating).
     
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  2. penny

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    I honestly can say, I hope I never run into a grizzly or even a good sized bear.
    Thank you!! your post made me imagine. Really, no precautions would be too much trouble to avoid a bear raiding our camp, much less trying to find something it smelled in our camper. boy, talk about perspective!
    I only take a 22 pistol, and doubt I could get a shot off in any manner at all.
     
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  3. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Don't even use a .22 to shoot a bear!
     
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  4. penny

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    I wouldn't. I'm a pretty good shot if I take my time and the can holds still.
     
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  5. Fbird

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    I've only had one visit from a bear. It knocked over my solar panel and stepped on it. They may withstand hail but not bears. it broke the solar panel and left a calling card on it. luckily in most of the areas I camp there may be bears but they stay away from people for the most part.
     
  6. gladecreekwy

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    We camp where there are a lot of bears. Food and trash goes in the TV at night. If you allow a bear to get into your food and it's as good as dead.
     
  7. PaThacker

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    IMG_2530.JPG I'm in black bear terrain in northeastern Pennsylvania. 800 pound bears don't get that big eating grubs and berries. I keep all cooking and cleaning gear in chuckbox. Food in fridge of pup or hung in trees when backpacking. Closest encounter at Campground was a bear coming directly to fire pit grill. Took a medium rare sirloin cheese burger. He dined and dashed. My dog was amazed of his fireproof jaws.
     
  8. Byrd_Huntr

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  9. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Totally agree with this!!!
     
  10. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Yeah, you'll only piss the bear off with a .22!!!!!
     
  11. gladecreekwy

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    Here's one from this past summer
     
  12. xvz12

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    In all my years of camping, never had an issues with bears, even though they are around. However, on a week-long Scout camp in the Seven Devils, every morning we would wake up to fresh mountain lion tracks in our camp...never saw it, but fresh tracks every morning.
     
  13. MaeKay

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    What did you end up packing? I'm looking for vegetarian camping food ideas that are easy...and dairy free.
     
  14. myride

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    Now...THAT would worry me as much...lol
     
  15. MaeKay

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    I always hike with a pocket knife now thanks to seeing a news article years ago about how a starving juvenile jumped out of a tree onto a man and as the cat chewed on the mans head, he pulled out his 1.5” pen knife and slowly slit the cats throat. Yikes!
     

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