Reminds me of when I visited Whistler a few years ago and was just riding around the town/village on the network of paved bike paths heading off to some local singletrack in the mid-morning. Right in a residential area near a park in the middle of the pavement I come across a freshly made pile of steaming bear scat (I assume if it's still steaming it's fairly fresh). It was really large and my head went into immediate swivel mode as I pedaled away. I didn't stop and compare it to anything, and I wasn't going to stop let alone look for my camera, but I'm sure it was at least 3 or 4 helmets worth....had visions of some giant grizzly lurking nearby.TNC said:I rounded a corner on a trail one cool morning in a forest near Silver City, NM and saw something "smoking" just off the trail. Being curious, I stopped to check, and it was a big, ol', steaming pile of obviously fresh bear scat. I even took a pic of my helmet off to the side of the pile. The pile was twice the size of my helmet. The pic is on 35mm film, and I ought to scan it over to my digital files for fun. While doing my hollywood production of filming my helmet and the scat, the goofy tourist in me finally awoke to the fact that the bear was probably still close by...Doh! I rode with my head on a swivel the rest of the ride...never saw the bear. I camp in the boonies most of the time, so I almost always have a pistol...for potential ne'er-do-wells, not animals. I had no false sense of security with a compact 9mm pistol and a bear...LOL!
Yes. On one ride last year, I encountered a group of two, and maybe it was three.rcapilli said:Hey.... while riding, have you ever encountered a bear?
Nothing, really. I've luckily never had a bear stick around long enough for me to get over my initial shock. Only Black Bear where I live though, and they known for being unaggressive. I thankfully do not have to worry about Grizzly.rcapilli said:If so what do you do?
Yep if it's a Black bear you have nothing to worry about. Yeah right check out the stats. on bear attacks.. They are commonly thought of as a docile species towards humans but in reality they will attack without warning. I bolded all attacks per species for your viewing pleasure. And remember if it says brown it means grizzly.JonathanGennick said:Yes. On one ride last year, I encountered a group of two, and maybe it was three.
Nothing, really. I've luckily never had a bear stick around long enough for me to get over my initial shock. Only Black Bear where I live though, and they known for being unaggressive. I thankfully do not have to worry about Grizzly.
I did not say they were harmless. You read far too much into my comment. In my experience, Black Bear are generally unaggressive. But that isn't the same as saying they are harmless.BobRocket said:I am glad somebody piped up when it was mentioned that black bears are harmless???? WTF!?