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Old 05-23-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Bear in neighorhood

Yesterday RV got a recall by ford so we trucked up the road to nearest dealer. On our way back our neighbor called to inform us that we shouldn't let Rocky out with a leash. There is a large black bear in the woods in front of the house. Ok we can do that. Bear still not caught. The wild life ranger hit him with a tranquilizer but it was not strong enough and he got away. Now we not only have a bear but a pissed off one who is stoned!!!

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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Nothing that a 30.06 wouldn't correct....

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:34 AM   #3
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The mental picture that your description conjures up is priceless!

We have been having more bear sightings in our area also. We are only 20 miles from downtown Buffalo, so it's definitely suburban and not rural. When I let the dogs out in the morning I stay with them so they don't become breakfast for some hungry bruin.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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As a side note, I went to a big birthday bash for a buddy of mine, and one of his guests had brought a HUGE pot of black bear stew. (Think beef stew, except with bear meat). It was the most delicious thing I think I've ever eaten.

Perhaps the tranq content would enhance the bear stew experience even further?
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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Black Bear meat makes excellent chili! For up here as long as they have not ben feeding on salmon and the season is open, there is no reason not to fill the freezer.
Last summer we had three griz in the area, but the season was not open. Everyone just kept an eye on the pets and livestock. No issues yet this year, but the summer is just starting.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:46 PM   #6
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Yes my husband goes outside while I walk the dog and stand guard with his 44
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #7
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had a bear in virginia beach a couple of weeks ago. dont know which way he (she?) ended up going.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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What "neighborhood" are we talking about here?
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:43 PM   #9
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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.
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We live on the edge of two National Forests and bears are plentiful, as long as you are aware and make some noise to let them know your there they are not a problem.
The DNR just relocated one that was captured near Orlando to the forest .
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:39 AM   #11
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My wife noticed a bear running down the road in front of the house and a car following with the four way flashers on, a short time later the bear was running back and down the driveway he went, then off into the woods. Never to be seen again. I would have loved to have seen it but I was asleep on the couch. Darn nap time.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:30 AM   #12
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I live in lake placid Florida He seems to to like the golf course across the street too!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #13
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My cousin walked his dog on a leash in a forest like setting. Dog weighs about 35 lbs and is fast. Along the exploring path bushes sprung a black bear that was ambling along lightly. Dog spotted bear first, yanked my cousin off his balance, dog ran towards bear in attack mode, barking and towing cousin who had leash wrapped tightly around wrist now, unable to let loose of leash. Attempting to yank leash free and pulling dog back, bear became enraged, now moving towards dog and cousin. Bear rushed his enemies, knocking dog to ground, brushing cousin off into brush as it continued to run away from threat. Cousin had to control dog, shouting to bear some ugly remarks and bear continued into brush and disappeared. Close call for the team, that's for sure.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:20 PM   #14
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We've seen bears in our yard at home, but we live adjacent to a national forest. Not a big deal and generally not risky either.

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