Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Interest: You name it.
I have learned so much from the book called Mark of the Grizzly by Scott McMillion it is beyond words.
The book is about 18 Grizzly attacks. The attacks are explained by the author,experts, and in some cases the surviving victim. In most of the cases there was the human factor in what went wrong. The human factor was not always the victim, i.e. a habituated bear. Habituated being people feeding bears, or leaving a messy camp with easy food. Bears come to associate people with food, and more importantly
lose their fear of people.
One account two armed men were not fast enough to defend themselves against an attack. Bears are faster than race horses.
Another account, two woman fought a Grizzly, and won.
One thing that was mentioned many times is that more people die in North America each year by bee stings than from bear attacks.
One man stood his ground to a charging Grizzly, the bear stopped 10 feet short, and turned away.
Never approach dead game, deer, moose, it could be someone's meal.
The Stein area, I hear, has a population of about 8 Grizzlies. Can anyone confirm this. The Squamish area has 800-900 Black bears.
I use a triangle set up for camp. Kitchen, down wind 200-300 feet. Food in a tree 200-300 feet away from my tent, at the other point. I also have a knife in my tent to make a quick escape.
I have yet to buy pepper spray. I hear, from a MEC Employee, its biodegradable, and bears like the smell. Hmmmm
The book mentions that there are two types of spray. One that makes a large cloud in front of you, and one that shoots a stream into the bears eyes. Attacks are so terribly fast that aiming is very difficult. The cloud spray acts as a shield, and no aiming is needed.
I've seen so many nice lakes while out hiking, and have recently thought of bringing a fishing rod. But what of the fish smell. Would I look and smell like a large land trout to a bear? Any thoughts on this?
The best defence is never to offend
Edited by - Foxtrots on 05/28/2002 8:46:28 PM