"The National Park Rangers are advising hikers in Glacier National Park and other Rocky Mountain parks to be alert for bears and take extra precautions to avoid an encounter.Ron Swanson said:The bear spray suggestions are the right answer. I wore it the entire time I was in Montana visiting my brother and did not have a single bear encounter. Great stuff.fred_1_15301 said:Seriously? I thought this was common knowledge. “If it’s black, fight back. If it’s brown, lay down. If it’s white, good night.”
And if you’re hiking anywhere in bear country, carry some damn bear spray.
Elisha Cuthburt actually saw one.Only bear I have seen was from the car. Never seen a mountain lion (although it would make my day if I did, and it didn't eat me). I figure if I ever have an encounter with a mountain lion, I'll find out by feeling its jaws around the back of my neck.
A 44 magnum revolver is ideal for hikingsteelerfan1 said:I agree with the bear spray and or a 357 revolver or possibly 10mm hand gun for hiking in area with bear. If grizzly I think you’d need a 45 70 rifle so bear spray probably best if you don’t want be lugging something around.
That’s typically true, but the bear in the story cited in the OP is bad news. If a black bear is following/stalking you for a long way like this, it should be taken seriously as a threat. Obviously all’s well that ends well for the family in the OP, but for a black bear to follow them for that long instead of running off, it was seriously thinking about them potentially being a food source.krista4 said:Really? A black bear?
They're not aggressive by nature at all. I've come across them and I feel honored when I've been able to see one.
I know there are people who've done everything wrong (see e.g., some folks in NJ I remember from a few years ago), but otherwise it's silly to worry about a black bear.
Mountain lion/cougar on the other hand terrifies me. And oddly enough, while no one has ever been killed by a black bear in Washington, someone died by virtue of a damn mountain goat. I see those a lot more often and give them very wide berths.
Yes they did.Probably my favorite bear encounter
I've seen plenty of paw prints and scat but no bears in the flesh. No grizzlies in my neck of the woods but hundreds of black bears so hopefully one day I'll see one at a safe distance. Given the massive fire currently burning and resulting displacement, I wouldn't be surprised if I see a few this summer.
I have had the privilege of seeing a pair of bobcats, a Mexican grey wolf, and a mountain lion this year while day hiking. The bobcats didn't even see me, the wolf stopped and locked eyes for a minute and carried on. The mountain lion was on the last quarter mile of a 16 mile hike and she was between me and the trailhead. She was maybe 70 feet away, watched me approach, then disappeared into the trees I had to walk right past to get to my car. Equal parts terrifying and exhilarating.
Kudos to the hunter for not doing that. That bear was just curious. He wasn’t being aggressive at all.If I am in a tree stand, I assume I am there hunting. I would unload every bullet, every shell, every arrow...whatever I was hunting with... on that bear as he climbed the tree.
I have camped in grizzly territory, the 'back country' of a National Park many times. They provide information on how to avoid bears.
I did not have that information at the time (city kid). I wasn't even really prepared for making it to the girl's side of the lake. But I learned that lesson. Good times.Yeah anytime you see a baby bear, you better get the #### out of dodge pronto because mama bear isn’t far away.
We rented a cabin in the Smokies last week. Had about 10 sightings at our cabin. I know black bears are historically non-agressive, but after we saw some, we were still a little antsy sitting out by the fire at night, especially after reading about a bear attacking a woman and child camping in the national park the previous week.
We weren't there for more than an hour when I saw my first one, about 10 feet from me as I was walking up the driveway. I jumped because I was startled, and that startled the bear and it took off quickly.
Here's the best encounter I got on video of a mama and a cub.
i wouldn’t avoid the situation, i’d likely approach the bear and try to understand what is bothering him and what i can do to help. running away from your problems is not the adult way to handle a situation.Weather Channel IG
Spoiler: it ends well
Canadian family with 2 small boys was hiking in British Columbia. (Black? IDK) Bear followed them awhile, eventually stopped.
I know what NOT to do. Don’t run, don’t climb a tree. What is the right way to handle this?
Keep calm and keep walking.
Make yourself big? That’s only small animals, right? Like, I’m squaring off with Smokey, k?
Play dead. You serous, Clark?
We do hike, often, and it occurs to me I don’t have a clear plan how this confrontation should be handled.