That message seems to reach too few of those who need it most. :-(While we joke about encounters, occasionally, stupidity needs to be eaten to get the message across that bears are wild animals and you can be considered food.
And this is one of those moments.
Early on July 6, 2021, Leah Lokan awoke to a 417-pound grizzly bear a few feet from her tent, so close that she heard when the bear “huffed” at her head.
“Bear! Bear!” Lokan yelled, prompting Joe and Kim Cole — two other cyclists camping in the small town of Ovando as they trekked across Montana — to spring from their nearby tent, armed with bear spray and clamoring as much as possible, according to a 26-page report addressed by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive body earlier this month.
The bear fled.
After scaring it off, Lokan, a 65-year-old visiting from Chico, Calif., moved food out of her tent to a nearby building. She armed herself with a can of bear spray. She declined an offer to stay in a hotel for the night. Then, she and the Coles returned to their respective tents.
Lokan’s extra precautionary measures weren’t enough. The bear returned about an hour after the first encounter and mauled her to death.
Little guys can be dangerous. They are often cut off from female bears competing with mature ones. They can be prone to proving themselves buy going after a human.We've had a bear of a week, so to speak. A bear has been hanging around, keeping @chris_the_wrench on his toes, and tonight my dog started going absolutely berserk. Now this dog doesn't bark at UPS or FedEx, but he was going nuts this evening. We have a closed foyer so we can't actually see anyone at the front door until we open the inner door. So, surprise!
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Fortunately there's an inner door if he had started swinging. I was surprised at how he was almost as curious about us as we were of him.Glad it wasn't a big one opening the door from the outside bear style.
Think again......Little guys can be dangerous. They are often cut off from female bears competing with mature ones. They can be prone to proving themselves buy going after a human.
We have a small wilderness community outside of Troy, NY. The bears know when garbage night is. No problem except for the mess, but I do worry about home invasion. We keep garbage in the kitchen and they can smell. I am thinking - Desert Eagle, however handling a gun is not one of my strong points. They often walk right by the camp and my wife refuses to take action.
Everyone at the lake has an air horn - good luck with that! Now a days, I close the doors. These are Black Bears and they rarely attack.