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Old 06-16-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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We are thinking of going hiking on Hatcher's Pass.
Does anyone have info, advice on what one should do to prepare for possible bear confrontations during this month of June?
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Pepper spray, maybe some of those tiny bells, sing or talk while walking to make noise. This is the time of year you do not want to startle a sow with cubs on a trail.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Don't worry about bears in Hatcher Pass...bring some pepper spray but you are unlikely to have a bear problem there. Russian River, Troublesome Creek, most any creek with salmon in it are going to have a lot bears. You won't find a lot of bears in Hatcher Pass.

There is always the possibility of running into one but you are more likely to see a bear in lots of other places than Hatcher Pass.

If you are worried about bears in Hatcher pass you are starting to come down with bearanoia. The only cure for that is a SW 500 or a 458 Magnum, or a 50 Cal machine gun.

One caveat...I'm thinking about the Independence Mine side of Hatcher Pass. when you get down in the Willow Creek area in the fall you might find more bears. Then carry a 12 guage loaded with slugs.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Default Thanks!!!

Thanks for all the great advice.
I am not bear a phobic... just that I really do not want my kids to get attacked, nor have them watch as I get attacked.

Just being cautious in a place that I have yet to have lived in very long.

OMG, Thank you for that awesome graphic...

The part about Grizzly dung having bells and pepper spray canisters in it... OMG, it took me till then to realize the humor...? or was it.
lol
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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If you are still not afraid of bear attacks, go get a dvd movei "Man In The Wilderness" I love the movie and the bear attack is awesome in it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:27 PM
 
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Well--you've got quite a few pictures of someone hiking in Hatcher Pass on your website; perhaps you should ask her.

It's a really good blueberry area, by the way...that'll
be later on but don't miss if you can help it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Weren't you just there Alaskalive?
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:42 PM
 
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If you are still not afraid of bear attacks, go get a dvd movei "Man In The Wilderness" I love the movie and the bear attack is awesome in it.
HEHEHE, I am not Affraid of Bear attacks... just that I know they are out there and I did not grow up in Alaska... so, I wanted to hear from ppl who know... not from some news article about the subject.
Ya know?
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Again, the pics on your website- were you there just recentluy or not?
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