Payette River

If you look real close you'll notice that this bear's back hair is standing straight up. He was in our camp on the first morning of our 4 day climbing trip and a day later, tore up a pack we thought we had stashed well. On our last day he just wouldn't go away so my friend Carl cooked up what he thought was a solution. He took a few slices of old bread, a lot of honey and half a can of cayenne pepper and made him a pancake. We placed it on a tree stump and it didn't take him but a half an hour to find his treat. A few minutes later he came crashing out of the brush with a mouthful of leaves and his hair standing on end. We tried to scare him away by running at him and waving our ice axes "bush beater" style but it didn't work. He stood up, charged us and a foot race broke out, no one wanting to be the "slow" one in the group. He bluffed and turned away but would not leave so we hastily packed under his watchful eye and got the hell out of there.
South Fork Payette River, Sawtooth NRA, Idaho


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Marcsoltan - Jun 2, 2013 6:54 pm - Voted 10/10

I think...

I think he got used to the Cayenne pepper and wanted more. You know how it is, only the first bite burns like hell, but we always finish the dinner no matter what.


reboyles - Jun 3, 2013 5:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I think...

He took a bite out of my friend's ensolite pad and when unrolled it looks like a paper doll cut-out. If he still has it, I've got to get a picture.


seano - Dec 23, 2014 6:40 pm - Voted 10/10


I've always found black bears harmless, but I've never thought to try something like this. Next time, save some to sprinkle on his face when he charges. ;-)


reboyles - Dec 24, 2014 5:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Hilarious!

I could have the first morning he came into our camp. We were sleeping under the stars and he almost walked on our sleeping bags while he was sniffing around the camp. Most black bears I've seen run from humans but not this guy. :-)

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