There were a group of 13 young campers in Northern Norway and during the night a polar bear attacked the campers despite a wire trip alarm. Luckily one of the campers had a gun and killed the bear. Reports say a 17 year old was killed and 4 were injured.
New web page added to black-bear-hunting.com about scouting for bears: http://www.black-bear-hunting.com/scouting-for-bears.html This is taken from the book.
I just received this email today. It is quite an interesting story with great pictures about a bear trying to attack a cow. The cow’s really take it to the black bear in this battle:
We’ll be watching I-12 over the next few days to see if she needs treatment for infection. I don’t know how willingly she’ll come
to the corrals for treatment, but she might not have a choice.
Finally, the bear decided to vacate the area. We thought he’d be dead for sure, but there was no sign of him the next day.
We’ll have to keep an eye out for eagles in the trees or flocks of ravens flying up. We’re sure he’s got some
broken ribs out of the deal at the very least. Wayne couldn’t believe his eyes when he witnessed this ruckus.
This is another once-in-a-lifetime photography event to add to all the others he managed to document this
summer. It is amazing. Whoever said Cows were stupid are so Wrong….they have a heart and a mind too!
It seems like this time of year always brings a barrage of bear attacks. Since the year 2000 there have been 2 deaths and 38 injuries from grizzly bears in British Columbia alone. There have been 2 deaths from bear attacks in BC since the year 2000. In the past week of this year there have already been a number of incidents.
A black bear attacked and killed an elder in the Xaxli’p First Nation whose remains were found last week near Lillooet, B.C. Bernice Evelyn Adolph was reported missing, police used dogs to find her remains on Thursday near her remote property. Here is a quote from the BC Coroners Service:
"After reviewing the autopsy results, evidence from the scene, and expertise and information provided by conservation officers, the B.C. Coroners Service was able to confirm a bear attack as the cause of her death," spokesman Mark Coleman said in a release on Tuesday. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/07/05/bc-woman-bear-autopsy.html
This incident happened on July 4th in Oweekeno BC, Canada. The survivor John Johnson was picking berries when a grizzly protecting her 2 cubs attacked the man. John walked 1.5km’s to his friends house where he was helped to the hospital. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/07/06/bc-grizzly-conservation-officers.html http://www.theprovince.com/technology/just+been+mauled+grizzly/5055950/story.html
On July 6th Scott Smith was jogging on a trail in North Vancouver up Mount Seymour. Scott, while on his regular run turned around and saw a bear running after him. Scott ran as fast as he could but could not out run it. Luckily there were dogs being walked by a dog walker and they scared off the bear. Conservation Officers were informed and the bear was shot as it was to acclimated and aggressive to humans. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/07/06/bc-north-vancouver-bears.html
The year before I harvested my trophy grizzly bear in Bella Coola, British Columbia there was a man named Brent Case who was attacked in the same area. A bear was destroyed after the attack but they were unsure if it was the same one. There is a possibility that I harvested the bear that attacked him a year later. Here is the story http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/05/16/bc-bear-mauls-man.html
It seems that bear encounters are definately on the rise as we increase our habitat while decrease theirs. The other problem in BC is that many people are against hunting and not enough bears are being hunted so they lose their fear of humans. It is unfortunate that they end up attacking people and then are killed by Officers. If more bears were hunted there would be less of a chance of being attacked as their fear of humans would be re-instilled. The following is a video clip showing an example of bears living in our urban areas: http://youtu.be/fmihiIdzgxY
I just updated this page: http://www.huntingtipsandtricks.com/a/Field_Preparation_for_A_Bear_Skin_Rug
it now includes pictures along with a step by step guide to skinning for a bear rug. Enjoy.
My Friend Sheldon posted this recipe for a great bear baiting recipe:
Bears love it
Ever wonder what happens to problem bears? Usually they are trapped by game wardens and then released back into the wild. I found this video on youtube of some bear managers releasing a black bear back into the wild. They use noise makers to scare the bear away from humans and re-instill fear of humans. Check out the video:
If you are wondering why I am sharing this video about sea lice off the coast of BC’s Vancouver Island it is because sea lice are believed to harm wild salmon stocks. Furthermore affecting the black and grizzly bear diet ultimately starving and potentially killing the bears. Fish farms use a drug called "slice" to control sea lice but in this case the sea lice became drug resistant and the area was overwhelmed by sea lice. This is why I am ultimately against farming salmon, although I realize our hunger for the omega 3 rich protien salmon is not sustainable thus our consumption or conservation efforts need to be examined.
Just in time for spring bear hunting comes a free bear field care ebook available by download @ Hunting Tips and Tricks.
The book contains pictures and step by step instruction on how to properly care for your game in the field after harvesting it. Gutting, skinning, and preservation for a rug are all discussed in detail with exceptional photography.