@ ChrisWell, after 4 years of backcountry camping, I finally saw my first bear. Just got back from a 3 day trip at Pog Lake. Second day I paddled into LOTR and did the portage into Provoking Lake. I spent the day, paddling about, fishing ( caught the most SB and the biggest I've ever had ). Late in the afternoon, as I was making my way down the channel that runs E/NE, I approached the last campsite whereI saw a man standing at the edge of the water and a woman standing knee deep in. As I got closer the man said something I couldn't make out. " Baby what?" I asked not sure what he said across the water. " We have a baby bear in our camp" he repeated. He pointed to his left where not more than 10 ft away sat a yearling black bear. He sat at the waters edge, completely calm and unperturbed by the presents of humans. As I came closer they explained they didn't know where the mother was and didn't want to go back into their camp. They had been cleaning their pots by the water when they turned around and saw the bear just sitting there. At this point the yearling stood up looking into the campsite which was 5 ft above water level. He stood about 5' high. He then dropped onto all fours and began sniffing their pots which sat next to him ( clearly abandoned by the nervous couple ). Now, I have often remarked on previous posts, that I am terrified of bears, but a small yearling, no bigger than a sheep dog, is not a threat. As far as I was concerned, every second that bear stood there and no one did anything to create a negative impression on him, was a second that he got more comfortable with people. As someone who is out their alone, I don't want any bears thinking people are a non-threat. I've watched videos of people politely shooing bears away, thinking to myself,'they need to channel some inner rage and really make an impression on the animal'. So with this in mind, I said to the couple "This bear has to get out of your campsite - now!" I drove at him, yelling and screaming jumping from my canoe determined to drive him off. With a slightly confused look he turned and rambled up to the campsite with me behind him, swearing and yelling and raising holy hell - I was pretty awesome lol. I ran him into the woods were I stopped
and he stooped and looked back at me from 25 ft away. I started at him again running further in to make a point. I saw the tail end of him disappear into the pines. Now, he was cute, I will admit, and animal lover that I am, I would have loved to cuddle him, but that would not be in his best interest or any campers. The woman called from the camp " I have bear bangers. Should I fire one?" I told her go ahead a she shot it off except it wasn't a banger it was a flare which shot into the woods setting it all aglow with a red fiery light. Now the three of us forgot the bear, as we looked on in horror, thinking we had set the park on fire. The lady ran towards the red glow and checked that nothing was burning- all was well. Whew! Introductions were made and I explained that the yearling was likely kicked out by his Mama recently. I pointed out that he was not bawling for his mother as he was now used to being on his own which seemed to reassure them. I would also be concerned if I thought a mother bear was lurking about. They remarked they had a great story to tell and I said I was only sorry I didn't get a picture. Highlight of my trip.
I read your post when you originally posted it and I totally related to your feelings about bears. Thankfully it ended well with a good story for you too.
Pog campground still had the warning for 7 bears up while I was there and so did LOTR caground have the same sign. Sounds like there's a team of them rotating through the area.
I did speak a little more with that couple, and to your point Shawn, I told them that I bet that young bear was likely the product of a camp bear. So sad. It's just a problem that perpetuates itself and gets worse with each generation.
And I DONT EVER WANT TO SEE A BEAR AGAIN. - I'd be good with that