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Old 04-14-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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The big brown ones tear the tree down with you in it rather than climb it to get to you!
I've seen a few that are were so fat by the end of salmon season that couldn't climb even if they need to. My favorite was a male black bear down by Herring Cove in Ketchikan. His belly was so fat it drug on the ground. Poor fellow spent more time sleeping then he did do anything else.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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I love watching those "reality" shows where people are buying homes in Alaska and they are always so surprised or outright astonished when they are told about the bears and moose! " There are bears here??!!" That just makes them look stupid. " No, they are in the other Alaska!" Down here SE Alaska we only have browns, no blacks--and they are coming out!
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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In Ketchikan we only had blacks, no browns. They got the lid off of my garbage can and made a horrible mess. So then I put 6 bungee cords on the lid. Those blacks took the whole can. I searched within a 500 foot radius of the house back in the trees and never found it. My other neighbor would sit out on his porch and zing them with ball bearings from his sling shot. He said when they did come around they didn't stay long or come back.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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I like that idea--slingshot and ball bearings! I'm getting into garbage can watch mode as the bears are coming out and make a mess when they get into the "bear proof" can here. I have a good view from my living room; its on the second floor. The ravens are another problem after the bears get done.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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I am guessing this game of shoot the bear with the ball bearing froma sling shot is taking place at a safe distance?
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I think the answer you are looking for is VERY common I've woken up to a bear in the back of my truck before and a couple of cubs walked right up to the chair I was sunbathing in last summer (thankfully my loud shriek and stumbling out of the chair frightened them). They commonly get into trash cans and one got hit by a car in the middle of Juneau earlier this year. The "bear walks into a bar" video pretty much sums it up. Also, if you are an outdoorsy person you are bound to run into them while hiking, fishing, etc.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I am guessing this game of shoot the bear with the ball bearing froma sling shot is taking place at a safe distance?
Bout 40 feet. Bears aren't out to eat or attack people. They are just opportunistic feeders. Make it hard enough for them and they'll usually move on. When I worked down at Herring Cove in Ketchikan they kept crawling in our trash dumpster. After the third time of cleaning it up I started putting large ratcheting cargo straps on the dumpster. We watched them the next day on video. They spent about 10 minutes trying to get the strap off. Then the sow and two cubs managed to push the dumpster over on its side. Still they couldn't get in. This went on for 4 days until they finally gave up.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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Nice Stiff... What about rat traps or noise makers set to go off when they get near? I kinda feel like ball bearings are cruel.
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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Very common in Juneau. Primarily black, but there are a few brown bears in the area. Really not uncommon to see black bears roaming downtown. Another great place to see them is at the Mendenhall Glacier Rec. Area around Steep Creek in August when the reds are running. There's a wooden boardwalk across the creek and you can see them almost on demand.
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