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Old 04-13-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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I saw this about a woman being dragged from her garage by a bear:

Bears drag Florida woman from garage - CNN.com

She's lucky to be alive! How common are bears in Anchorage / Juneau / Homer?
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Overlook Hotel 1921
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I imagine leaving a buffet in her open garage greatly increased her chances of an encounter.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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Anchorage has both black & brown bears in town. We have had black bears in our trees around midtown, have run into brown (grizzly) bears on the trails in bicentennial park, north fork Campbell Creek & up on the hillside.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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AK has more bears than Florida - We saw them during the short period of time I was in AK, but I have never witnessed one in Florida for the 40 years I have been here. BUT the article proves that when bears are hungry and you have food, they will find you. Living in a bear area means taking precautions. Granted, bears are not known to go as far south in Florida as I live, but I do travel the state a lot.

I have more of a alligator, snake, raccoon, peacock problem for the larger pests. Saw two nice black racers about 2 1/2 feet long the other day when I was cleaning up the palm tree fronds.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I have heard in some places in Alaska the bears are counted in the census and allowed to vote and carry guns in self defense.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:02 AM
 
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I have heard in some places in Alaska the bears are counted in the census and allowed to vote and carry guns in self defense.
Yes & they did not vote for Sarah Palin
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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Apparently they like an occasional after-dinner drink

Bear makes surprise visit to Alaskan Bar Monday | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Just remember the old saying "If it's black fight back. If it's brown lay down". You can't outrun or outclimb a bear. Though brown bears aren't notorious tree climbers. They can climb. Black bears will go all the way to the top sometimes till the top breaks. We could go into a whole discussion about bear defenses. But the best is to be alert.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Yes & they did not vote for Sarah Palin
No. Illegal bears aren't allowed to vote. In here we have to show a voter's ID.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Just remember the old saying "If it's black fight back. If it's brown lay down". You can't outrun or outclimb a bear. Though brown bears aren't notorious tree climbers. They can climb. Black bears will go all the way to the top sometimes till the top breaks. We could go into a whole discussion about bear defenses. But the best is to be alert.

The big brown ones tear the tree down with you in it rather than climb it to get to you!
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