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Bear sighting in central MN
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tonkaMN
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15Tango wrote:
It's always smart to wear bear bells and carry pepper spray in bear country. Grizzlies are much more aggressive than black bears. If you come across bear scat, it's always easy to differentiate between black bear and grizzly - Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear scat tends to smell spicy and contain small bells.


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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15Tango wrote:
It's always smart to wear bear bells and carry pepper spray in bear country. Grizzlies are much more aggressive than black bears. If you come across bear scat, it's always easy to differentiate between black bear and grizzly - Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear scat tends to smell spicy and contain small bells.

And when confronted by a bear, the easiest way to differentiate between a black bear and a grizzly is to climb a tree. A black bear will come up after you while a grizzly will knock the tree over.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both ways the Bear gets human on a stick.
Thats why when I went to hide one in Bear / Cougar country I packed a little heat. The Bear there is about 600 lbs plus.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://fox21online.com/news/video/mn-dnr-documents-fifth-bear-attack-1980s
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would rather come across an adult bear in the woods than a cub, especially if I didn't know where the mother was.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotting and stalking a early spring bear out from recent hibernation is a thrill. One of many wilderness geocaching enjoyment factors.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video of a Bear attacking a guy


bear fight




really, though, it's important to know that the most likely way you might get killed by a bear is by swerving to avoid it on the highway. Black bears are timid, and if you see a mother with cubs, and pick one of the cubs up and punt it across the field, the mother will run away. (don't do this. btw.)

I'm in bear country all the time, and I'm MUCH more scared of raccoons than bears. You should be too.

and please don't bring a freakin gun.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad_CRC wrote:
and please don't bring a freakin gun.


When in northern state forests, I'd prefer to be armed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
When in northern state forests, I'd prefer to be armed.


as long as you don't shoot me. I don't care.

People tell me I'm a bit big and scary looking, but I'm harmless, really. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
15Tango wrote:
It's always smart to wear bear bells and carry pepper spray in bear country. Grizzlies are much more aggressive than black bears. If you come across bear scat, it's always easy to differentiate between black bear and grizzly - Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear scat tends to smell spicy and contain small bells.

And when confronted by a bear, the easiest way to differentiate between a black bear and a grizzly is to climb a tree. A black bear will come up after you while a grizzly will knock the tree over.


OK...that is just plain funny right there!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To keep bears off of your deck. Encourage your neighbors to keep their bird feeders & trash cans full at all times. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad_CRC wrote:
bflentje wrote:
When in northern state forests, I'd prefer to be armed.


as long as you don't shoot me. I don't care.

People tell me I'm a bit big and scary looking, but I'm harmless, really. Laughing


I am not in the habit of aiming my weapon at unidentified targets.
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AustinMN
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found GCWGYH back on the 28th. Check out my photo of what some other cachers found within 200 feet of the cache. Got a few quick shots from inside the car, then moved on, not knowing where mama bear was.

Austin
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Bad_CRC wrote:
bflentje wrote:
When in northern state forests, I'd prefer to be armed.


as long as you don't shoot me. I don't care.

People tell me I'm a bit big and scary looking, but I'm harmless, really. Laughing


I am not in the habit of aiming my weapon at unidentified targets.
Shooting randomly off into the brush like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a few years ago a 600 pounder was taken in the Pine city area.
I live near Isanti, 2 years ago sow and her cub came into my yard.
Just last year as I drove to Zimmerman on Isanti county road 8 just before it changed to Sherburne county road 4, a 200 pounder ran across the road.
the bears are coming farther south. Only a fool thinks that a bear won't
bother you and would rather run.
Three years ago a DNR worker was torn up pretty bad.
Lone bear no cub near. On my brother inlaws farm a big bear size unknown.
Shreaded two good sized calves over two days.
Bears! Big Teddy bears NO WAY. Deer hunter sitting in a tree with bow.
He saw a bear 100 yards away, it saw him and came to the tree.
That bear went right up that tree after the hunter. Good thing he had a bow.
Number one rule when in the woods and you know a bear is near get ready for war. It might run from you it might not, there is no way to tell.
When in Bear country a good gun is your friend. If you can't then have a sharp large knife. But your chances of running into one are slim.
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