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Jes' r'member, gone be alotta fat on thet bar. Thems th'best bars, best hides, kep'ya fed up thr'out th'winter...Yep, ain't not'n like a good hib'rnation bar to cap offen th' seas'n

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Well, the guys showed up. Son-of-a-wrek, Big. Wrek and 2 deer camp pals. They're out looking for the bear. He showed up on the camera last night, down on this side of the pond.
I'm on my deck with my gun..in case he pops out of the tree line. 4 steps and I'm in the house.
Lions, tigers and BEARS. oh my....
I thought The Man determined it wasn't bear season. Why bother looking for it?

btw according to Wikipedia, most Alaskan Guides (tm) recommend .338 Magnum, not .30-06 (though I suppose it's the same general idea)
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The 'man' has also determined it may be a nuisance animal. He's eatin' up my catfish. It's just a matter of time before he gets into the dog kennel or my chicken coop. Or up on my deck.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:47 PM
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I've seen the Tim Treadwell movie. Man is that scary. A comparably small black bear scared the bejeebus outta me. I can't imagine a guy seeking out getting close to a Grizzly bear. Nope. Not me.

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Davy Crockett cilled hisself a bar when he wuz jus' three.
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Dan'l Boone kilt a bear by sticking his hand down his mouth and grabbing his tail and pulling him inside out. Yep. Gonna try that, fer sure

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I had a bear in my garage once. I was at lunch at the time.
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I think I'll pack the bear a. 'pik-a-nik' basket, when the Ranger comes he can just follow the crumbs and wrappers.

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Ahem, if I may, Beck? I do have the ears for it after all.


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I went with the classic Rabbit and Winnie because I figured you don't have a Brown Bear commonly referred to as "Grizzly Bear"

You don't do you? Have a grizzly bear eating your fish pond I mean? It's just a black bear isn't it?

The stuff ya find out on here...
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Did the game & fish officer say when black bears start hibernate?

I'd guess the bear is fattening up on fish before looking for a den.

Beck may not see it again until Spring. It depends on how far away is the bear's den. He may go several miles looking for one.

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The info on black bear hibernation is allover the place. Some say its not a true hibernation, that they den up and sleep a bunch. They come out only to eat very large amount.
Others say they sleep about a hundred days in the coldest weather. Lately it's been unseasonably warm down here.
I believe this is why our bear is so active for a bit and then seemingly disappears for a few days. My theory only. I have no proof

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Does "nuisance animal" = call the game warden?
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I'm sure a call to the Game Warden is a rousing encounter with "Your call is important to us!"

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The fish and game people are informed. A warden has given us a permit to remove the bear. The guys have been out the last 2 days stalking it. Lots of poop and tracks. The game cameras are set up. Mr.Wrekker removed his deer feeders. They think those may have attracted the bear in the first place.
I went out and talked to my catfish and told them to stay in the deep end of the pond .
I've been watching from the deck and my window seat inside. Nothing yet.
I'm keeping calm and carrying on.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:12 PM
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I hope it's not a female.

Black bears have their cubs in January. That's only a few weeks from now.
https://bearwithus.org/understanding...ther-her-cubs/

I understand a bear is a threat to Beck's family.

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Old 11-30-2019, 06:25 PM
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They think it's a young male. I never heard why they think this.
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There seems to be so many more animals in the woods these days.

I remember camping trips in Boy Scouts. The Scoutmaster didn't bring any weapon. Our campfire kept any night critters away.

We never thought about encountering a bobcat, bear, hog or other dangerous animal. They just weren't seen in the woods 45 years ago.

Their numbers have increased a lot. I'm much more alert on backpacking trips and have a handgun & bear spray with me.

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I went out and talked to my catfish and told them to stay in the deep end of the pond .
That's not how I remember it at all.
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There seems to be so many more animals in the woods these days.

I remember camping trips in Boy Scouts. The Scoutmaster didn't bring any weapon. Our campfire kept any night critters away.

We never thought about encountering a bobcat, bear, hog or other dangerous animal. They just weren't seen in the woods 45 years ago.

Their numbers have increased a lot. I'm much more alert on backpacking trips and have a handgun & bear spray with me.
I have gone hiking in various places where there were, at least potentially, bears, hogs, pumas, leopards, wolves, moose, jackals, snakes, jellyfish, sharks, you name it. Never thought about harming the wildlife - it's their turf. Note that in places like U.S. National Parks weapons, including bear spray, are often prohibited, and even if you are allowed to transport firearms into the park (say in your car or where carrying guns is permitted) I guarantee it is 100% not allowed to shoot anything.

The reality is, most animals are instinctually afraid of humans, for good reason. Dangerous situations, like this whole bear thing, are mostly precipitated by conflicts with humans; in this case they were inadvertently feeding the bear, so of course it is going to get used to it and hang around. If it has developed into a problem, that is an unfortunate isolated incident, but it does not mean we should go back to a global policy of accelerating species' extinction. Will be interesting to see how the public reacts now that wolves are coming back to Western Europe and other animals similarly regain some of their historical ranges.

Just take basic precautions in the woods: for instance, maybe avoid camping out in the man-eating tiger park (or going there at all without a ranger). As for bears, keep all your food in a bear-proof canister and leave it way the hell away from your camp at night. And go with a couple of friends.
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I don't mind seeing the feral hogs die. I'm immune to the cuteness of Bambi. Deer are dangerous. I've had a near death car vs deer accident. But this Bear I hate to see killed, really. I've had time to ponder my interaction with it. I may have over-reacted. My fear got the better of me.
I wish our F&G people had a better option than a kill permit. Alas, they didn't offer one.
I'll feel real guilt about it's death. ()
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Seems like Fish & Game officers could have sedated and relocated the bear. But that's more dangerous and difficult to accomplish than issuing a kill permit.

Bears aren't an endangered species. It's unfortunate that it got too close to a populated area. Bears are very unpredictable and dangerous.

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I'd reluctantly do exactly the same thing. I wouldn't share my property with a bear. My family comes first and has to be protected.

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No Bears on the field cameras last night. Deer hunting is winding down this year so I have hope the woods surrounding our property and stateland abutting us will calm down. If Mr. Bear is asleep somewhere, when he wakes maybe he'll walk on.
I can but hope.
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Well, the traditional answer to what a bear does in the woods is "yes" but I'd bet you came pretty close to making "does Beck do that in the woods" being "yes" as well!!

Never seen a bear up close - or at a distance, either - but when we were in Glacier National Park 30+ years back we bought strings of bear bells (a leather thong with several large "jingle bells"). The idea being, that these would make noise as we walked and this would suggest to nearby wildlife that "anything making THAT much noise is perhaps something I'd better avoid, even if I have huge claws and fangs". Or at least the sound would make it less likely that you'd surprise the bear by walking up on it suddenly.

While on one of our hikes, we caught a strong smell, and after a minute or two saw a large, rather fresh-looking pile of bear poo. On the trail - which suggests that the answer to "does a bear shit in the woods" is "well, on the trail actually". We'd seen lots of signs around asking that people report bear sightings to rangers so they had an idea whether bears were frequenting hiking areas - so we stopped at the next ranger station

And evidently they do have a form specifically for bear scat (versus the bear itself). She had to use the regular form, not the scat form. And she said that her colleagues were very dismissive of the bear bell concept - but she said she always wears them and has never encountered a bear, while they have, so there you are - sample size of two (her and us). Oh, and she verified from our description that the droppings were most likely from a bear.

After all that long-windedness, maybe get some bear bells to wear while walking? There are contradictory studies, but they might make for a pleasant accompiment to your walk.
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I have a couple clangy bells attached to a carabiner. I have it hooked on a belt loop. I put several jingly bells on an elastic and have been putting it on Betsy the Beagles neck.
We are an assault on the senses out walking.
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Forget the bears, Becks, and head to Texas! They need you!

Feral hogs attack and kill a Texas Woman Outside a Home

"Only Beckdawrek can save us now!"
Near to killed Travis Coates. Would have done so too, if Old Yeller hadn't held them off.
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I woke up early because cats were running up and down the stairs, screaming "breakfast time is nigh" Ugh.
As I only laid down at 4am, I wasn't happy with this rude awakening.
Stumbled down. Fed the offending beasts.
Decided I needed a bottle of water. Oh, crap. I bought a case but they never got past the deck.
I went out on the deck to get the water.
I looked at tree line as I walked out. Uh-oh something's moving. A big black shape. I froze. (In more than one way, chilly morn in the southland)
Just 2 days ago I shot another feral pig in that very spot. Bully shot from my deck. Only I'm not armed. What to do, beck, what to do?
I'm fairly certain it's the bear. I know why he's there. 2 pecan trees. The ground is littered with pecans.
I slip back in the house. And watch. Got my binoculars and look.
I never went after the gun. I never could have gotten a sure shot, anyway. He ambled on after, about a half hour.
I know where the trail cam is going.
Little close to the house.
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Can the kids help you get the pecans up off the ground?
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Sunny-girl, too much area.
We used to enjoy watching deer and squirrels compete for pecans.
Now it's bear and feral hogs
Mr.Wrekker is gonna scrape them away with the tractor.
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Goodness be on you fine lady, thine estates doth be a veritable buffet for all creatures indeed, both unwanted and for those that thy family desires to observe in their rightful surround as nature designed them.



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Sunny-girl, too much area.
We used to enjoy watching deer and squirrels compete for pecans.
Now it's bear and feral hogs
Mr.Wrekker is gonna scrape them away with the tractor.

Tractor works.
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Tractor works.
Yup. Use it on the bears and the hogs.
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