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Before I picked up my RV I asked this question, regrettably, what are your BEAR encounters while RVing, camping, hiking? I'm not fond of those large cuddly critters and it's the last thing I want to see in my RV adventures.

@ARD and @NWIP - I hear you have a story. How about kicking this joyous thread off???
 
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Following this one!

Bears are fun, and not fun. We have them on the deck more often than we like. Drives the dogs nuts! And they eat all the fruit off the pear tree. But on the other hand, there is nothing cuter than watching a Momma bear and her cubs wandering across the field. :)
 
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LAWD! So I may have exaggerated a grizzly encounter on FB, but I fessed up later. We went to the Grizzly Encounter in Bozeman where they had 5 rescues.

I carry my bear spray when hiking. Right now I'm not hiking by myself unless it is a well traveled trail because there has been a lot of grizzly activity here in Montana. Did you know that you get real big and loud with Black Bears, but NOT so with grizzlies. Also, leave the bells on your pack at home, "that's just ringing the dinner bell" per a more knowledgable person than me.

I've seen a fair amount of bears out hiking, but they were plenty far away - never ran into one. 😳 Meet Brutus...dontcha wanna give him a big hug?

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Not talking to you. Presenting - The Hand

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I had no part in the Facebook story, I have never been on FB and my goal in life is that it remains that way😀
 
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I had no part in the Facebook story, I have never been on FB and my goal in life is that it remains that way😀
You are a part of it by proxy. You were the life saver with the Bear spray. You apparently carried @ARD and Lisa out on your back fighting off grizzlies on the way out or something like that.
 

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You are a part of it by proxy. You were the life saver with the Bear spray. You apparently carried @ARD and Lisa out on your back fighting off grizzlies on the way out or something like that.
You are such a troublemaker. I didn't say any of that. Bad man. Posting privileges for you have been revoked. Go ahead...ban yourself for the day.
 
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You are such a troublemaker. I didn't say any of that. Bad man. Posting privileges for you have been revoked. Go ahead...ban yourself for the day.
I'm usually accused of being "the troublemaker," but have gladly stepped aside for @Neal to take the heat. I'm definitely sitting this one out!

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Oh the art of turning things right back around and making you the bad one. I see how this works, again. That Bear is freakin huge, HUGE!!!!
 
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17 years old, 7 feet tall and about 950 lbs is what they said.
 
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He sure looks content. Happy Bear.
 
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You are such a troublemaker. I didn't say any of that. Bad man. Posting privileges for you have been revoked. Go ahead...ban yourself for the day.
@Neal might make it through an hour ban, but unlikely.
 
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When we hike, we take only the bear essentials. We saw one with no teeth, turned out to be a gummy bear. We saw a big one last week doing some weird maneuvers. He said his name was Yogi but we later found out it was Teddy. :)
 
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17 years old, 7 feet tall and about 950 lbs is what they said.
:oops: :oops: :oops: Yikes, that is one BIG bear!

Having worked in Yellowstone way back when, I have plenty of bear stories but I won't bore you with them. Let's just say I have a HUGE amount of respect those big guys, especially after seeing how fast they can move. Scary that a half-ton animal would give a world-class human sprinter more than just a run for his money.

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Just out of curiosity, I did a little research. World-record holder in the 100M sprint, Usain Bolt (Jamaica), reached 27.8 mph about 2/3s of the way through his record-breaking sprint. OTOH, grizzly bears have been clocked in excess of 30 mph over a sustained, two-mile run on an asphalt roadway. It is likely they could be faster on dirt/grass where they could get a little better traction.

The human world record for the mile run is 3:43.13. At the Grizzly's pace, that's a sub-2 minute mile! Impressive...and, something to think about when you're in bear country.

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I did 35 chasing the ice cream truck the other night.
 
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