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Re: Grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Postby Ejnar Fjerdingstad » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:38 pm

I wonder how many of those being killed by a bear had as last thought, "Why the hell didn't I bring a handgun even if it is illegal?"
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Re: Grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Postby Arthur Digbee » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:57 pm

Ejnar Fjerdingstad wrote:I wonder how many of those being killed by a bear had as last thought, "Why the hell didn't I bring a handgun even if it is illegal?"

More than half of the people killed by bears in North America are killed by polar bears. People in polar bear country walk around with rifles, not handguns.

In some places, it's even required -- Svalbard, for example.
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Re: Grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Postby ExcitableBoy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:51 pm

In college I had a botany professor who did research in the Artic in the summers. A couple of girls in my class signed on as summer research assistants. They were issued .357 Magnum hand guns and given shooting lessons. The professor's lab had a sign that read "Stop. There is a polar bear on the other side of this door." These signs adorned all the quonset hut doors in the Artic. They take polar bears seriously up there.
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Re: Grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Postby Tonka » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:42 pm

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Re: Grizzly attack in Yellowstone

Postby Doublecabin » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:17 pm

Before last year the Park had not had a grizzly caused human fatality in more than 25 years. The Soda Butte attack in '10 was really amazing. I still suspect someone antagonized that sow, but that's of course just specualtion.

I think every mammal capable of snuffing out your flame in seconds deserves respect. In terms of the discussion in my understanding Black Bears are responsible for more human fatalities because their are more of them, especially in close proximitiy to more dense human population. As has been implied already I too think Grizzlies are more likely to stand their ground or charge, or act predatorialy.

I'm not sure a rifle is a good choice for defense against a Grizzly. If I carried a gun it would be a shorter shotgun, or large handgun with shot shells. I do my best to not suprise predators out there, I don't wear one of those annoying bells, but I do have spray and an airhorn holstered at hand. When sight distance is limited I make a bit of noise. Enjoy your hike, just take simple precautions.
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