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ladcrptwo
04:21 AM on 09/19/2012
These Bears should NOT be destroyed. We have destroyed their habitat. For "fun" we trample through what little land they have. Someone gets attacked they should be scorned for entering BEAR COUNTRY.
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
03:56 AM on 09/19/2012
Fool goes into bear country, takes food into his tent, and the poor bear gets kill.
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AppalachianLady
There is strength in the hills.
01:04 AM on 09/19/2012
Shame on those who have either fed this magnificent beast, or left food and/or food packaging out where the bear could find it. They are why this bear was unafraid of humans; had campers shown respect for nature, this bear would have a healthy fear of humans (just as humans have a healthy fear of bears), and that healthy fear on both sides would keep both species safe from the other.

Bears love to eat, and they will eat human food; in fact, they prefer it. For this reason, precautions must be taken not only for your safety, but for the safety of the bears as well.

When camping, never, ever store food or trash in your campsite; much less inside or near your tent. Instead, tie it all from a high branch away from the campsite, where the bear cannot reach it (just remember to take it with you, so you leave only footprints behind).

If you do that, the bears will still be able to smell it, but will instinctively be drawn away from your campsite; as a result, the bear will not perceive your campsite as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Even if you survive such an encounter, wildlife officials will kill the bear (since bears with no fear of humans are a serious threat to humans), and the death of the bear, which in reality was only being a bear, will be completely your fault.
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
03:57 AM on 09/19/2012
Love your micro bio.
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AppalachianLady
There is strength in the hills.
02:27 PM on 09/19/2012
Thank you very much!  :)
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AppalachianLady
There is strength in the hills.
02:31 PM on 09/19/2012
It is actually part of a 1924 speech by President Calvin Coolidge.  The full quote is 

There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer. 
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Timesachanging
Thinking is harder than feeling.
01:16 PM on 09/20/2012
Here in the Adirondacks, food MUST be in bear-proof canister back country camping. Not 100% effective but better than munching on "granola bars" in the tent.
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dblueII
Share the kibble.
12:48 AM on 09/19/2012
Lot of bear stories lately, it's like they're trying to tell us something.
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loanshark
“He who knows best knows how little he knows”
10:54 AM on 09/19/2012
"hungry"
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
12:43 AM on 09/19/2012
Backcountry and Trail Precautions

Don't surprise bears. If you're hiking, make your presence known. Make noise by talking loudly, singing, or wearing a bell.
If you can, travel with a group. Groups are noisier and easier for bears to detect.
Keep in mind that bears tend to be more active at dawn and dusk so plan your hikes accordingly.
Stay on marked trails and obey the regulations of the area you're hiking/camping in.
If you're hiking in bear country, keep an eye out for tracks, scat, digs, and trees that bears have rubbed.
Leave your dog at home!
01:51 AM on 09/19/2012
you mean i cant take Tinkerbell my little 5 lb yorkie/shihtzu mix to protect me?! but seriously why does one have to leave the dog at home? what will happen? i know nothing of camping so this is interesting info for future maybe :)
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Kalik
My backpack is a citizen of the world.
09:31 AM on 09/19/2012
I'm glad to report I've never had to use my bear spray on a bear yet, and I hike in bear country frequently . However, I've gone thru two cans of spray in three years...on dogs people can't control in the back country. Works great I might add.
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
01:10 PM on 09/19/2012
The advice is mostly for hikers as dog can startle a bear and often will act aggressive towards the bear and increase the chance of attack. 
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Kalik
My backpack is a citizen of the world.
09:33 AM on 09/19/2012
Agree...also, in bear country don't keep food in your tent. And hang any food, tooth paste, sunscreen, etc.. downwind 100 yards from your campsite when not in use.
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
12:43 AM on 09/19/2012
Campground and Picnic Area Precautions

Never cook or store food in or near your tent.
Hang food and other items with strong odors (ie, toothpaste, bug repellent, soap, etc.) out of reach of bears. Hang items at least 10 ft above the ground and. If no trees are available, store your food in airtight or bear-proof containers.
Change your clothing before you go to sleep; don't wear what you cooked in to go to bed and be sure to store smelly clothing along with your food/smelly items.
Keep the area clean. Be sure to wash dishes, dispose of garbage, and wipe down tables.
Burn garbage completely in a hot fire and pack trash out - don't bury it.
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Kalik
My backpack is a citizen of the world.
09:34 AM on 09/19/2012
Opps...LOL...just wrote that. You're absoluty correct.
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
12:41 AM on 09/19/2012
I wouldn't be surprised if he had food in his tent.
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Franciscodeflores
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11:17 PM on 09/18/2012
This guy was lucky to survive. Black bears that become habituated to humans start to see your food and you as something good to eat. Several years ago my brothers and I fought a black bear for our breakfast up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He waited until we got up and took our food pack down from where it was hanging out over the water and then he charged in to camp. We threw rocks and sticks at him and held him off until we could pack up and get the hell out of there. When we got back in a number days later, we reported what happened to find out that this bear had chased away several other parties along that route and had got their food. Because of the danger, a hunter was sent up there to put him down.
01:54 AM on 09/19/2012
how scary! with all the wild animals out there i wonder why people camp sometimes!
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crimson petal
Don't make me call the flying monkeys...
06:58 AM on 09/21/2012
I have camped for 30+ years in the Colorado mountains, sometimes in remote areas, and have never heard or seen a bear or lion, even though the areas were posted. We may have been lucky, or maybe everyone followed the rules in that area...I don't know. I do admit we were very lucky, as we sometimes had a midnight snack in the tent, which was not very bright. But we always followed the rules about leaving food out and trash, We also knew the risks. It's still worth it.
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gmcinahuff
PREVENTION IS KEY.
09:33 PM on 09/18/2012
Why kill the bear? Humans are in Bear Territory ....
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Conspiracy2Riot
Go ahead, try and eat that fiat currency
11:03 PM on 09/18/2012
my thoughts exactly. there's FAR fewer bears than people. we can't keep showing up in their habitat and then capping them when we get hurt or killed by one of them because they're a 'threat' to us.
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2rocks
03:38 AM on 09/19/2012
and this human did EVERYTHING wrong!-no doubt
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
04:43 PM on 09/18/2012
"The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." ~Henry Beston
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Conspiracy2Riot
Go ahead, try and eat that fiat currency
11:04 PM on 09/18/2012
thank you for posting that. very moving.
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Larry Waters
Bio your micro edit!
11:33 PM on 09/18/2012
You are welcome
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Lance Pratt
03:47 PM on 09/18/2012
Native American saying...."When an Aspen Leaf falls in Autumn. The Eagle Sees it, the Doe hears it and the Bear {Ursus} smells it..."

Bears become accustomed to people, people carelessly store food improperly. This bear had human food in it's stomach..May have been food in the tent. the Bear's sense of smell drew him to that tent...

"A people FED Wild animal, is a DEAD Wild Animal"...pity....
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mzrecycle
a very subtle micro-bio
03:28 PM on 09/18/2012
The fact that the bear had access to pasta tells me the camper didn't observe normal precautions when camping in an area where bears are possible. ALL FOOD and similar items, even toothpaste, need to be in a bear proof container or hung high from a branch where the bear can't get it.

I'm glad he survived, but had he taken these precautions, the bear would be, too.
06:09 PM on 09/18/2012
Could have been other campers. Bears follow the rules, people don't.
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Stephanie Longus
Keep calm and think objectively.
02:59 PM on 09/18/2012
It's kinda sad that the animal always has to die as the result of an attack. I mean, we as humans take that risk when we decide to go camping or engage in any kind of wilderness activity. And it'll only get worse as we encroach further and further into their territory. I'd like to say that they can't shoot them all, but I know that isn't true. :-(
telorvehccio
Sequesturd.
02:26 PM on 09/18/2012
nice going, obama.
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gmcinahuff
PREVENTION IS KEY.
09:35 PM on 09/18/2012
It's Mitts fault. Mitt's been beary beary generous with food for fodder later.
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Loulou72
A smile is a gift
02:26 PM on 09/18/2012
When I look back....at all the times I camped outdoors in the high wilderness....and only saw a bear (and cubs) once. Thank you! I'm GLAD I'm too old for camping!