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Re: do you carry bear spray?

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I actually carry some when I am fishing some streams late and know I will be walking back to my truck in the dark. And I always have it when fishing behind my cabin at dusk.

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Re: do you carry bear spray?

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According to the PA Game Commission no human has ever been killed by a Black Bear in PA. Last year a man may have been finished off by a bear but was likely either already dead or knocked out from the tree that fell on him. He was also known to feed the bears, death by misadventure one way or another.

What is fairly common is a bluff charge from a black bear. In which case a spare pair of underwear may be the best way to prepare.

In the unlikely event of an attack from a Black Bear (most likely outside PA) you must fight the bear and convince it that there are easier meals to be found.


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Better odds for seeing Sasquatch or a mountain lion than getting attacked by a bear. Especially a black bear!

Check this out.

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What!? I don't like those odds. That's more black bear attacks than I would have thought. Dang it! I better arm up when I"m in the Smokey's this Fall. What's up w/ Canadian black bear attacks, also...bears breaking into houses and cabins to attack people? Dang.

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I have only had a few surprise/chance encounters with bears, but they happened when I was fishing solo, so not talking and making noise that would have probably caused the bears to leave.

In places where I have been close to bears, I try to remember to make noise in areas with low visibility.




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The only confirmed and reported human fatality by a black bear in Pennsylvania was by a bear that was kept as a pet. Because it eas not a wild bear, it is not on the states records.

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Re: do you carry bear spray?

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I carry a 357 mag scandium. It is very light weight and fits right in the front of my wader pouch. I grew up in central PA and bears were always around so you kind of get used to them and not scared of them when in close range. However I guess if a bear attacked me and ate me that would be a better way to go than others.

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good to keep this in perspective, imho:

"The most deadly animal in the United States is not the grizzly bear, rattlesnake, mountain lion or other dangerous animal. In fact, the peaceful white-tailed deer causes more human deaths each year than any other animal.

Deer may not have sharp teeth or claws, and they are herbivores. But there are an estimated 27 million deer in the country, and they can run up to 36 miles per hour. So when that many deer run that fast and cross a road it many will get hit by a car.

While the exact number of deaths and injuries caused by a deer colliding with a car is not known, the United States Department of Transportation estimates 130 deaths per year from deer vehicle accidents. Also, an estimated 1.5 million vehicle deer accidents every year result in 29,000 injuries. In comparison to other animals, grizzly bears, black bears and polar bears combined only account for five to 10 human deaths per year."

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..bears breaking into houses and cabins to attack people? Dang.


This happens when people feed bears, over a period of time the bears learn to associate people with food.

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This happens when people feed bears, over a period of time the bears learn to associate people with food.


One of my favorite things about humanity. We do stupid crap. The animals adapt to it...the situation we create becomes dangerous...so then we want to kill them. As a species, we're kind of idiots

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Re: do you carry bear spray?

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That's your new pool, isn't it?

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Re: do you carry bear spray?

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That's your new pool, isn't it?


Why do you think I invited you to take the 6 hour drive? Who wouldn't want to see some black bears swimming with a Sasquatch?

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Do you have any rafts and little umbrellas for my mixed drinks?

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