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Old 06-04-2012, 05:53 AM   #15
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We camp in the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests a lot. Plenty of black bear all over the place. They're generally not very agressive and more curious and hungry than anything. If they smell food they might come around at night to take a look or maybe eat what you may have left out. Always a good idea to store food away from bears reach. Including that pot of beans on the grill that weren't finished.

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:09 AM   #16
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It must be smarter than the average bear or least smarter than the GW. They have still not caught it!! He keeps reappearing on trash days !!! Lol. We live in an residential area. It is just that across from our house is a block that has not been developed I am not afraid except for my ankle bitter who thinks he is a 100 lb. dog I am concerned that he would go after the bear!! So I always check around before I take him out now. And at night I only put in front yard where I have street lights !

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #17
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Anyone camping in the Cooperstown area of NY this year should watch for bears. One walked down the mountain with two cubs by my uncle's house. She walked right through the side yard and down the driveway to cross the road. Fortunately they were not out in the yard when momma bear and cubs appeared. We avoided the wooded trails around the campground we stayed at.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:33 AM   #18
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I am from upper state new York and as a kid camped in the Catskills often We use to go to the dump to watch the bears at night!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:25 PM   #19
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We have quite a few Black Bears where I live in New Hampshire and they are mostly harmless.

I have called in a few while hunting with a mouth blown rabbit in distress call. I call them the Black Ghosts because you almost never hear them come to you, and then they are only 20 feet away.

We had one that continually destroyed our compost bin, and then made the mistake of stalking my dogs.

We made a stew out of him and he is currently in my study for eternity.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #20
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We've had bears wander through our property both here in Colorado as well as in Alaska...no problems - treat them with respect, and they will leave you alone. Beautiful creatures. Just saw two (mom and yearling) a few days ago.
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Originally Posted by TAZ View Post
We get them looking in the windows now and then. Last year I had to run one off several times shooting a shotgun over his head. He was getting to comfortable with us. Normaly they are as scared of you as you are of them. They normaly are not a problem until someone starts to feed them.

Non the less the wife still makes me walk the dog at night.

Taz, I'm seeing you walking the dog with a shotgun over your shoulder... kind of like hunting a baited field, isn't it?

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Taz, I'm seeing you walking the dog with a shotgun over your shoulder... kind of like hunting a baited field, isn't it?

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I have some corn out in the yard for the squirrels. I have posted a sign that baiting deer or bear is illegal. This corn is for squirrels only! Any deer or bear found eating the corn will be shot.

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