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All types of bear hunting discussed here. Grizzly and black bear hunting tips, stories, and advice.

Black Bear in Dingy

Just got  this email that had an interesting picture of a black bear in a dingy. Here is the story:

October 26, 2011  |  Location: Sonora Island  |  Submitted by rubus_idaeus

This summer we had a funny thing happen in our anchorage. We were in Handfield Bay (Thurston Bay Marine Provincial Park) on the Northwest side of Sonora Island, British Columbia. Tammy and Allen, a couple from Blaine WA went to shore with their dingy to walk about and explore like all boaters love to do. My friends and I were taking in the morning sun and sipping our coffee when we noticed a bear wondering the beach looking for crabs under rocks. What a treat to see! After a while we noticed the bear nearing the dingy left by the couple. They had wandered to the other side of the bay out of sight. We eagerly watched to see what the bear would do with the dingy as he approached it. At first there was a sniff and a little punt with his nose then he proceeded to climb in. We were all laughing and questioning the safety of the dingy. Within no time the bear figured out that this dingy with an inflatable bottom was quite comfy. He curled up in it and lay his head over the side. I dingyed in for a closer look hoping to capture some great pictures and perhaps scare him out before he decided to make a chew toy of it. I was successful getting great photos but not in getting him out. I yelled, waved my hands and even threw a rock or two beside him. He just watched them roll along the ground. I even let an air horn blast 20 feet away. Not as much as a glance my way just a slight ear twitch. He was quite content to stay resting in the dingy. By now Tammy and Allen were on their way back and wondered what was going on. We yelled across the bay to let them know and they cautiously hurried over to help. The three of us stood there for a while trying to figure out how to get the bear out when he finally ambled out himself. He didn’t run or anything, just continued rolling rocks looking for crabs. When he got a safe distance away we grabbed the dingy and carried it to the water. Minimal damage occurred. A chew on a lifejacket, a bite to an oar and a crunch to a water bottle. Tammy and Allen came by to thank us, exchange emails and to laugh about the odd experience. Kris Samuels of SV Fantasea Victoria, British Columbia

 

White Bear Cubs in Eastern BC

I hope the citizens of Elkford appreciate the rarity of having to white bear cubs around their town. I hope they work together on keeping the garbage and food out of the way so the bears stay outside the city limits. It would be a shame to have to destroy these rare bears.: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/11/01/bc-white-bears-nuisance.html

Cultus Lake Bear Killed

So this makes 167 bears killed because of attacks, conflicts, or threats this year in BC. 163 black bears and 4 grizzly bears. I hope anti-hunters and animal activists see that if there is no hunting, the animal population loses its fear of man and will continue to have these conflicts. Bear hunting in BC has declined and is not keeping up to the population increase of bears. People who disagree with hunting bears need to give their head a shake and realize that they live in a house that obstructs wildlife habitat and therefore causes conflict.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/08/18/bc-cultus-lake-bear-killed.html

Grizzly Accidental Deaths

It is too bad that grizzly bears, especially sows get killed by trains.  I know a lot of animals meet their demise on the train tracks. Hopefully some type of solution can be figured out to reduce the number of grizzly bear and other animal deaths by train accidents. Perhaps some type of scent sprayed on the tracks would deter animals from coming near. I know dogs hate sour apple smell. Another idea would be to run electrical wire along each side of the tracks through high animal population areas although it would be costly.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/05/30/calgary-train-grizzly-death.html

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/08/10/calgary-banff-park-grizzly.html

This 5 year old grizzly sow was killed by a car in Banff.  Unfortunately it was already the second one this year:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/07/14/calgary-grizzly-death-banff.html

Cow fights Black Bear

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:

Interesting photos from a ranch in the Kettle Valley , BC area where every year they have to deal with some pretty weird stuff.
This year a bear had been bothering the herd and I guess enough was enough. Read on…
A couple of evenings ago, Wayne went out to check the cows and saw a very strange sight and was able to photograph the event.
A black bear approached our cow herd which turned out to be a very big mistake on his part.
The blonde and white Simmental cow we know as I-12 went right for him. She is a very good cow, a very attentive mother and about
12 years old. She’s in her prime and knows that bears are bad news.

 

She tried her best to mash him into the ground. 
There are a couple of photos where the bear is biting I-12′s leg and clawing her face but she is not giving up. Her stiff tail shows
how agitated she is. Wayne said all the cows were bawling, the bear was squealing, the calves were running around with their
tails in the air.

 

 

A younger cow, R-55, an Angus-Cross cow, age 7, is helping her out as best she can. It is an incredible photo to see two cows at
once trying to crush the bear.
I looked up the calving records of both cows who are so aggressive in these photos and they are both good, calm cows around us
and have given us no troubles whatsoever. I’ll have to add in my notes that they have a very distinct dislike of bears.

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!

Bear Attack Season

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