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    Beacon, shovel, probe.......gun.

    Apparently hibernation is not a thing for some pissed off, cranky brownies. Or maybe skied over a winter den. Browny woke up and mauled a skier in Haines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    X2.

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    After the first spotting in the Teton/Yellowstone area, the bear spray goes along for the ride.

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    Bears typically get up and out during the winter. They don't usually hiberate uninterrupted.

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    If I were a bear I'd be sleeping lightly too.
    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crim...g-cubs-in-den/
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    I do not know if there has ever been a brown bear mauling in Alaska in February. One study from 2000 to 2017 shows none. And there have been none since 2017 till now. Climate change is real and Haines is being hit hard. Town has been having serious issues with bears. https://www.ktoo.org/2020/11/13/a-be...wn-bear-kills/
    Hope the skier is ok. Sounds like his partners were solid and coast guard came through.
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    Klehini River early April
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    Truckee has had a pretty light winter (save for the storm 10 days ago) and we have had one cub from a 3 cub litter that have denned up not far from our house that refuses to stay with mom and it's siblings. It comes out for a wander at least once a week, early am and same route every time. Seems to have figured out the trash day schedule. I hope this doesn't end badly.
    It's healthy and probably in the #150ish range.
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    It's currently quite arctic here, have had a good stretch of very cold temps for SEAK. I'm assuming they skied over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Truckee has had a pretty light winter (save for the storm 10 days ago) and we have had one cub from a 3 cub litter that have denned up not far from our house that refuses to stay with mom and it's siblings. It comes out for a wander at least once a week, early am and same route every time. Seems to have figured out the trash day schedule. I hope this doesn't end badly.
    It's healthy and probably in the #150ish range.
    You have to wonder if at times it wouldn't just best for the overall population in the long run to euthanize a segment of the population to stop the problem since they seem to be so adapt at teaching the behaviors to their young.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    If I were a bear I'd be sleeping lightly too.
    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crim...g-cubs-in-den/
    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    You have to wonder if at times it wouldn't just best for the overall population in the long run to euthanize a segment of the population to stop the problem since they seem to be so adapt at teaching the behaviors to their young.
    Reading your second quote after your first post with the story about the Alaska father-son douchebags, I heartily agree.

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    Looked at this thread to see if this had been posted, but someone here isn't doing their job:
    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...ount-Adams-NH)
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    I couldn't remember his name
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
    Reading your second quote after your first post with the story about the Alaska father-son douchebags, I heartily agree.
    If it's good for the goose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    I couldn't remember his name
    Ha, you're the one in charge of ancient thread references?
    I didn't remember his name (never knew it) but remembered King Ravine and holster...thx, googlez.

    It's an incredible thread.
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    Bears will adopt new habits in order to adapt to the situation because they are adept creatures.

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    been skiing the pow meows a good bit this season
    this is out off the rain tree ridge

    aint seen no cats
    aint strapped on the gats
    yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    I do not know if there has ever been a brown bear mauling in Alaska in February. One study from 2000 to 2017 shows none. And there have been none since 2017 till now. Climate change is real and Haines is being hit hard. Town has been having serious issues with bears. https://www.ktoo.org/2020/11/13/a-be...wn-bear-kills/
    Hope the skier is ok. Sounds like his partners were solid and coast guard came through.
    the grapevine says the skier needs to be patched up but will be okay, that it was indeed a very solid crew, and that the bear ran off. terrifying scenario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
    aint seen no cats
    aint strapped on the gats
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    Always wondered about the cats when riding corner canyon by headlamp.....probably passed plenty.

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    We regularly see griz tracks over ours during field work in March. We've never been bothered by the early risers though. They are more interested in bulbs and wild tubers to flush the colon when they first rise. Shitty timing for the AK guy, hope he mends well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP IN7RO View Post
    Bears will adopt new habits in order to adapt to the situation because they are adept creatures.
    nicely done
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Always wondered about the cats when riding corner canyon by headlamp.....probably passed plenty.
    I was ten feet away from a cat at corner canyon this fall. Mid day just above Mountain View on my way to Jacobs. Scared the shit out of me. Luckily I think I spooked him cause he took off quick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Always wondered about the cats when riding corner canyon by headlamp.....probably passed plenty.
    I'd be more worried about momma racoons. A lifetime ago I got chased by one protecting her babies on my way back 1/2 mile from the TH. Fastest I had run in years!! I can still hear her claws scratching for traction on the rocks on the trail right on my tail
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Always wondered about the cats when riding corner canyon by headlamp.....probably passed plenty.
    I'd worry more about rattlers there. Around dusk, climbing ghost falls, right at the top of one of the steep techy hills, out of breath, vision narrowing, I look down just as my right foot is passing inches away from a rattlers face. It was lifted up off the ground using the open ground of the trail to hunt I think. It neither struck nor rattled, but I did some sort of superhuman bunnyhop six feet forwards that I've never even seen McCaskill repeat.
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