Bears

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by Andy_Ferguson, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Andy_Ferguson

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  2. oldsailor

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    Yet another excellent reason for a muthah-ship. :twisted: :twisted:

    Craig
     
  3. DarenN

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    and a Remington 870..........
     
  4. Doug_Lloyd

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    The article in the local paper said the Grizzlies paddled across from island to island. I was trying to figure out if they used canoes or kayaks.

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  5. lance_randy

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    Heh.
     
  6. nootka

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    The article in the local paper said the Grizzlies DOG-paddled across from island to island.

    fixed it for you.
     
  7. oldsailor

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    So... the grizzlies' dog paddled them across? What sort of craft did the dogs paddle?

    :twisted:

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  8. Dan_Millsip

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    It is a rather disturbing trend. I was camping on Malcolm Island last May, that's one of the locations that they've been spotted. I think I'll be a bit more cautious when camping on islands in the future. I do hope that the bear expert's prediction that it's only males that have migrated so far, and that they're not here to stay, is true. It definitely creates a bit more need to be careful and alert when on land.

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  9. Doug_Lloyd

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    Ah, they paw-paddled.

    Grizllies on V.I., eh?

    How many times have I pulled out of Burnett Bay glad to have ursus arctos horribilis behind me, glad to get back to the island and "just" black bears. And now we have grizzlies paddling after us paddlers - well, not as bad as the polar bears chasing kayakers at 6 knots in the arctic.

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  10. Dan_Millsip

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    heh, heh, there's always a bright side.

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  11. mick_allen

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    I'll just bring my squirt gun . . . filled with fish fertilizer that I spray on Craig's mutha-ship to keep them critters out in the bay.

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  12. Monster

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    I'll second Daren's thought. I used to carry an old winchester defender on some trips and it couldn't be in the damp salt air for more than an hour before beads of rust started forming all over it. The newer remmy 870's have a salt water trynite coating on the models designated as 'marine magnums' and what a dif it makes.
     
  13. mikec

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    ahhhh just what the world needed, some more gun-totin' trigger happy yahoos.

    :roll:

    all it means is that a little more common sense and basic bear safety should be practiced. it never ceases to amaze me how panicky people get when they hear or read the word "grizzly"
     
  14. Kasey

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    All perfectly understandable since some of us are hanging in a bag from a tree. :shock:
    That's why all you ground-dwellers invite us along, right?
    So...what will fit in a hatch? Sawed-off shotgun? :wink:
     
  15. nootka

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    I make do with bear spray, but I rarely cook fish in camp. Any black bears I've seen on the island have been very polite. From what I've heard & read, grizzlies are not dangerous unless you startle them or get between mom & cubs.
     
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    Yikes!!!
     
  17. Monster

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    Oh I dont carry a marine shotgun for bears.. I carry a shotgun because I regularly use my canoe to transport shipments of gold off the coast of Somalia.
     
  18. Ken B

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    I found this stat on a website...
    Black bears far outnumber grizzly bears in both provinces (BC and Alberta). Grizzlies, however, were responsible for a significantly greater percentage of serious/fatal injuries than were black bears.


    I prescribe to the 'Traditional'...'Old School'...'Tried and True' method of avoiding a confrontation with Bears...
    Just make sure you can outrun the slowest person in the group! :wink:
     
  19. nootka

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    Ken, I have it on good authority (knut) that bears consider the slowest person to be sickly, hence not good eating. Any self-respecting bear would take one of the front runners.
     
  20. Andy_Ferguson

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    I can't imagine anyone outrunning something with feet this big:

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