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Joined: August 31st, 2014, 11:44 pm

July 31st, 2015, 3:16 am #1

Well, 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.
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July 31st, 2015, 10:19 am #2

Wow great story. I think you did the right thing chasing him away so hopefully he doesn't do this again.
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July 31st, 2015, 10:53 am #3

Well, 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.
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Nice.
I camped at Pog last weekend and the park staff told me there were currently 7 bears working the campground and Provoking would definitely be in their range.

Does anyone know if Parks Canada has implemented a policy of tolerance for campground bears, leaving them in place rather than relocating them unless they get too dangerous? There seems to be an unusually high number of nuisance bears in campgrounds now and they are active all hours of the day.

A couple of weeks ago at Grundy Lake I watched a sow with three cubs work the campsites grubbing for food all day and I was thinking how three more future adults just learned an un-breakable habit. There were six cubs in the campground at the time.
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July 31st, 2015, 1:12 pm #4

Well, 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.
K
What an awesome story! I hope I would have had the courage to take action like you.

I hope that bear found a nice berry bush to console himself and contemplate his strategies with human encounters.
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Joined: May 7th, 2015, 5:53 pm

July 31st, 2015, 1:15 pm #5

Well, 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.
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7 bears?! I'm heading there in 4 hours, if you never hear from me on this site again you know what happened lol
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July 31st, 2015, 1:35 pm #6

Well, 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.
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The "bear banger" being a flare cracked me up. Right out of left field. Thankfully it turned out like it did.
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July 31st, 2015, 3:14 pm #7

Well, 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.
K
Haha and I'll be at Pog Lake a week after Susan. I'll see if the 7 matches my count.

Kind of reminds me of when I hiked the Berg Lake Trail in BC. While still within easy day-hiking distance of the trailhead, we met a group of tourists from Scotland, just standing there, saying there was a bear up ahead and they didn't know what to do. I led them forward and again it was a young black bear, perhaps a yearling. In that case I was happy to politely shoo the bear away because it wasn't near a campsite or taking advantage of the human presence in any way, it just ambled into the bush and away as I approached talking loudly.
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July 31st, 2015, 3:16 pm #8

Well, 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.
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Woah, sounds oddly similar to my bear encounter on Faya, just south of Provoking. I posted about that herehttp://www.network54.com/Forum/352882/t ... ck+in+2015

Bears (the three that were on my site) did the same thing. Yelling at them didn't seem to scare them off as I would have expected. Lots of activity in that area I guess.
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July 31st, 2015, 7:35 pm #9

Well, 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.
K
The young ones aren't so bad and the families are harmless too, but the big older boars that show that kind of behaviour are scarier because they're dominant and practically fearless. The young ones are just ignorant but the big guys know they can kick your butt!
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July 31st, 2015, 7:44 pm #10

Well, 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.
K
Great story Kelly and ya, in my opinion, you did the right thing by teaching him early that Humans are not something that he wants to get used too.
As for a Bear count, I am happy to say that after all the years I have been wandering around the woods I have yet to see a Bear and I am OK with that.
Guessing the Lady will be learning what is a flare and what is a banger really soon
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