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Bear attacks are very rare. Most instances involve food or stupid human behavior after a first encounter. Stay where others have recently been. If you are attacked, be secure in the knowledge that you will have died while making front page headlines. You can't say that if you croak in your sleep.

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You might want to ask this Alaskan biking group what they do:

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If we feared bear encounters, we would never leave our cabin.

We live in the bush with no human neighbours, but plenty of wildlife. There's a wolf couple, a few red fox, two bears that we know of and dozens of elk. Every day we see one or the other. Have seen lynx and cougar track in the snow, just a few hundred yards from the cabin.

We hike into the bush daily with the dogs, where there are no trails. Haven't had a bad encounter yet. Can't spend time fretting about it, can only be prepared and aware of where we are and the noises around us. And keep the camera handy ...


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A lot of the advice here is to hike and bike with others or where others have recently been. Unfortunately, we usually like to go to places where there are no other people -- certainly, that is what we do in the US (especially in non-grizzly areas). We boondock way out in the national forests, and we avoid heavily traveled trails precisely because I do not want to listen to other people's conversations or parents scolding children or barking dogs or whatever. Peace and silence are precious commodities, especially for someone like me who lives in a sea of urban development.

But I am having to re-think our "off the beaten path" strategy for the Canadian Rockies. I guess if we make enough noise, we will be ok. We almost never bushwhack through untracked land -- we are almost always on a trail of some sort -- so maybe that will help with the bears, since they appear to hang out in the brush during August and September (because the berries are ripe). On the other hand, some authors say that bear encounters are just as likely to happen on a trail as off-trail, since bears like trails and don't like crashing through dense undergrowth. (After all, bears are smart -- why bushwhack if you don't have to??)

We're just going to have to be careful. I absolutely have to get up into the Rockies while I am still healthy enough to do so. Life is short. If I wanted to avoid all risk, I would stay home and watch TV. No way.


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Have someone with a high powered rifle riding an ATV equipped with GPS and satelite phone with you at all times.

Or bells - roflmao

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High powered rifle on an ATV in Canada? probably not!!!

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From the 'being a bear' handbook: Pedal cyclists: Meals on wheels.


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Had an interesting talk with a park warden in Banff three years back. He said there have been numerous bear, bike collisions, black and griz with no harm done except full pants. The bears where getting used to the bikes and if hearing a biker coming would just step off to the side of the trail until the bike passed, then continue on its way. Bike riders where noticing bears just off the trail when flashing by. Adaptation.


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crabbin cabin wrote:

StanleyandIris wrote:

Have someone with a high powered rifle riding an ATV equipped with GPS and satelite phone with you at all times.

Or bells - roflmao

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High powered rifle on an ATV in Canada? probably not!!!


Why not? I wouldn't go in the bush alone or without a rifle capable of stopping a bear or a rutting moose in its tracks.

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