My squabble with a bear

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    A week ago I was preparing to spend a night or two at a convenient rec site I have been using for many years. I have seen bears in the area on several occasions, but this encounter was quite different, and ended up in a 45 minute game of Marco Polo. I had no firearm with me at the time, and only a Buck 119 on my belt. In the end I relinquished my camp and moved on.

    The video is a bit long, but may be interesting to some.

     
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    Good decision. He was going to be a pest.
     
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    Do you need to borrow stick?....:rolleyes:
     
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    This is absolutely heartbreaking to see. Because of someone’s carelessness and disrespect of nature, his days are numbered. Especially being so close to an easily accessible I’m assuming public campsite. He’s going to raid someone’s camp for an easy meal and that will be the nail in his coffin.

    At first I was thinking maybe he was sick or young and it was predatory behavior but once that trash came into frame it all became clear.

    I don’t think you could have scared him out of there, especially with how much trash was laying around, and I can’t blame him for being there either.

    Imo your move was the best option. Only thing I would have done in addition would of been contact fish and game about him.

    Thanks for the video, it’s always interesting to see first hand encounters like that.
     
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    Yes, this is a public, unregulated rec site. I have seen and cleaned up garbage here before, but never as nasty as it is now. It is indeed sad that this bear is in danger of being destroyed because of the thoughtlessness of a few lazy ingrates.

    He was just being a bear.
     
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    Hate litterbugs. A13usaonutL._CLa_2140,2000_81epb2axuXL.png_0,0,2140,2000+0.0,0.0,2140.0,2000.0._UX522_.jpeg
     
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    You made a wise decision.
    Damn litterbugs.
     
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    Camped in a state park in Ohio some years ago. The back of our campsite was littered with garbage and food scraps. No bears but way too many skunks hanging out! It confuses me how people who camp and enjoy the outdoors behave this way.:mad:
     
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    I love BC! Great vid of the river and bear. I've encountered Black bears in PA, and Cinnamon colored bears in CO, and always give them a wide berth. My dog would always smell them and hear them first, so I had an early warning system. lol.
     
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    People who leave garbage and trash behind aren’t enjoying the outdoors, they’re merely using the outdoors. There’s a distinct difference.
     
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    You are absolutely correct!
     
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    I like your second campsite better anyway. :) You're lucky he didn't come after you when he was dining on the trash. That's pretty close to his dinner plate!

    Nice looking Durango too. How are you liking it? What kind of fuel economy do you get?
     
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    I do own it
     
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    My avatar is the result of an encounter several years ago. He came back into our campsite a couple times in the course of a night.
     
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    In some events I have resorted to throwing rocks . this is where sling shots pay off.
    I have chased off bear with rocks .
     
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    Close call! I would have been paranoid all night if I stayed there.

    Pack some heat next time just to be safe!
     
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    I have to agree, the second site was much nicer. Though I was a bit wary, I could tell that he was not yet ready to throw down - close, but not quite there yet. It's the only reason I dared get more footage. That was the limit though, and normally I would not chance it that close. I think I left at the right time :dblthumb:

    I love the Durango! This is my second one. I have the rear seats pulled out and it's converted to full time camping mode. I can switch it back in about 30 minutes. In the city I am averaging 15-17 mpg, and as much as 25-27 on the highway if it's flat, no headwind, 55 mph and drafting when I can :) - not horrible, but not great either.
     
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    In situations like this, woud a hammock system be more of a piñata?
     
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    Yes, I believe it would, and filled with a yummy, warm burrito to boot! :dblthumb:
     
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    That's pretty decent mileage for a Dodge. You have the 360 in it?

    Keep adding trip reports. You do good. :)
     
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    Yup, 360 - a good, stout engine.
     
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    Wow, no wonder the bear was there...
    Probably shared the area with all manner of animals and bugs also.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. It is a shame, a true shame some people do not understand the simple principles of leave no trace, even when camping in an established site.

    Your discretion to leave the site was, IMHO the best choice even if you were carrying a firearm. The bear was only doing what a bear does and you are in his backyard.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    ROFL!!
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    It's beat season here. That would have been a short pack out. Some guys have all the luck... ;)
     
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    :D:dblthumb:
     
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    More like a taco, but I'm glad @BCWoodsman didn't become carnitas.
     
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