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Important National Park Service Warning re: Bears

The National Park Service has warned against sacrificing another person to an irate bear even if you think your friendship may have run its course

Quote:READ: Please don’t run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.⁣⁣
As a follow-up to a previous post, if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.⁣⁣ Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all? ⁣⁣Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Help the bear recognize you as a human. We recommend using your voice. (Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear) The bear may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.⁣⁣
Find more tips, check out https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bears/index.htm
P.S. We apologize to any “friends” who were brought on a hike as the “bait” or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed. ⁣⁣

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I don't know why the NPS posted publicly posted it. A similar rule of surfing has always worked for me with sharks, so I guess hiking is similar:
- *NEVER* surf alone - ALWAYS bring a (slower) friend!!

But I learned something - I didn't know showing a bear your opoosible thumb makes no difference. It begs the question, will exhibiting your middle digit cause a bear to attack?
Interesting bear tips. I've never had to deal with one here. I rarely see them.
Bears have been reported in your city.

Also in my valley. However, it's getting harder and harder to find someone who is slower than me to go on walks now.

If you are camping and worried about bear attacks, there is a cayenne pepper based bear repellent that is super strong.
Black bears will run but if it's a really big grizzly and you irritate him, he will take your can away, and spray you to add some flavor as he chows down.

Australians needn't worry about black or grizzly bears ... of course, there is the dreaded Drop Bear ...
The Australian outdoors isn't that terrible. You will get yourself into more trouble not bringing drinking water along with you than most of our critters will give you.

You would have to really be far out into the outback in unexpected/unlikely circumstances to be really worried. Parachute landing into the middle of a bunch of kangaroos might get dicey, getting lost in the swampy far north isn't a good idea either if you don't like crocs, emus, ostriches and cassowaries can pack a lethal kick so don't mess with them. Coming across a large goanna or monitor lizard in the desert regions is probably the most dangerous though.

In general though, leave the wildlife alone and it will leave you alone.
I think the Australian outback is more dangerous than North America's wilderness, but an inexperienced traveler can easily get into trouble either place. You're right about not bringing enough water. More hikers here need rescuing because of not taking simple precautions.

Your insects are probably more dangerous. Your crocs and snakes are way bigger ... and we don't have anything comparable to monitor lizards. That said, when I was visiting Canada and Alaska in the 1960, there are some HUGE critters there that are very dangerous (moose/caribou/grizzly bears; also wolves/wolverines/mountain lions) and we have our own dangerous insects.

There is no "safe" anywhere and respect for and some knowledge of nature is wise.
Probably only the spiders really and they should be easy enough to avoid outdoors, we have some nasty ants and wasps but so do most places in the world. At home do your regular maintenance and cleaning and you shouldn't have insect issues.

Like you said, respect nature and as I said leave the wildlife alone and chances are excellent it will leave you alone. Lots of people love the great outdoor lifestyle here and almost nobody dies because of the wildlife, they die because they aren't paying attention while using whatever pleasure craft they are using or they are drunk/drugged up or both.
I have always wanted to visit Australia and Tasmania. It's on the top of my bucket list for places to visit.

I cannot believe the stupid people who go into our national parks and approach grizzly bear and bison with camera and food in hand to take a close-up selfie - just like they are at a zoo.


Of course, some really painfully stupid people will force their way past the bars in a zoo to "get closer to nature". These are the same fools who get bitten by squirrels while feeding them and who confront strangers in road rage incidents.
We don't get bears where I live. Ever. I only see them when I venture way out into the wilderness. In fact I've only ever seen bears *once* in my life, and I've done quite a bit of camping and trekking through the wilderness. It was a mama bear and her cup, they crossed the remote dirt road I was on while I was driving.

I do see animals here though. I saw a baby deer today on my bike ride...it was really beautiful.

That's part of what I love about where I live. We don't really get natural disasters, and there are basically no dangerous animals or insects to worry about. And all the insects go away in the winter.

I did have a somewhat close encounter with a large coyote about 2-3 months ago, but I left it alone and it left me alone. Some dummies through bags of garbage into the nature/woodland and the coyote looked like it was eating from it.

I once saw a couple of those clowns throwing bag after bag of garbage into the nature/park where I go walking and cycling. I memorized their license plate while I was riding by on my bike and I called it in. An investigator followed up with me about a week later. I get the sense that they caught the guys.

I really don't get it. Why choose nature instead of the garbage dump? It's ridiculous.
I follow a young artist in Canada - Joshua Alexander - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ4VhX9...A99lcz3b2Q and he lives near Edmonton Alberta and has a couple of coyotes and a wildcat somewhat near his property as well as a fox and skunk. The occasional deer passes through too.

The coyotes bolt at the site of humans, the wildcat was only spotted a couple of times, the fox and skunk love to visit the property because of the hen house, which they haven't managed to get into, but they cause no other issues and vanish around humans and Josh's dog.

Quote:I really don't get it. Why choose nature instead of the garbage dump? It's ridiculous.
Probably they have to pay to use the garbage dump, so use nature instead.
Here's the most recent attack by a wild animal on a stupid tourist

If her pants didn't come off, the lesson against approaching wild animals would have been her last and useless to her. Are people really this stupid to approach a 8' tall/2.5m, 3500lb/1600kg giant wild mamma beast with her baby calf? A HERD of these beasts?


It's a rhetorical question .. obviously ... yes, very very stupid - some veggies have more sense. And no doubt many of them believe the PotUS always tells the truth.

Edmonton is a bit closer to the wilderness. Heading into British Columbia and North to the Yukon Territory and Alaska puts you right into the Wild. It's very dangerous off the beaten path and even deadly dangerous if you leave food uncovered in your tent or travel camper. Grizzly bears are radical and mostly unstoppable by any normal means. And there are huge moose, caribou, wolverines, and wolves ... it is their world and you had better respect it.

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