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Old 10-07-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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Remember the good old days when folks wore bells to scare off the bears rather than carry bazookas to kill the bears?

jus' sayin'....

be safe out there folks
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Remember the good old days when folks wore bells to scare off the bears rather than carry bazookas to kill the bears?

jus' sayin'....

be safe out there folks
Pretty sure more people used to carry "bazookas" back in the "good old days". Jus' sayin'. Also, bells don't really help - talking loudly, breaking sticks, and even singing do help.

As to the OP - I don't think there are any grizzlies left in CO but I could be very wrong about that. It is my understanding that there have been no grizzly sighting in CO in years. As for black bears, if you see one and get scared you'll likely run in one direction while the bear runs in the other direction. Black bears' first instinct when they feel threatened is to run and scamper up a tree. They are also much less aggressive than grizzlies. With that said, if you feel safer carrying bear spray why not do it? If for your own peace of mind only. Talk loudly while hiking, walk with a heavy foot, and you'll likely never even see a bear in the wild

If you are actually attacked by a bear, you are supposed to kick, claw, punch, and fight for your life. But that's easier said than done I suppose - thankfully I never had to defend myself against a bear, because I doubt I would be successful!

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Remember the good old days when folks wore bells to scare off the bears rather than carry bazookas to kill the bears?

jus' sayin'....

be safe out there folks

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Old 10-07-2015, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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LOLOLOL SkyDog

Everyone else - make sure you read the entire sign
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Old 10-08-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Now that's funny!

The odds of encountering a Grizzly in Colorado are probably worse than winning the lottery.

In all likelihood, you will most often encounter bears on the western fringe of the cities where they find easy pickings in residential garbage cans. In all my years in the Colorado high country, I've only ever encountered a bear face to face a couple of times. Now I've seen plenty of evidence of bears that departed ahead of me on my hikes.
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Old 10-08-2015, 07:33 AM
 
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LOL. Gotta love that KOA mentality. (the sign is next to the kiosk detailing the antics of our "Jackalopes", no doubt...)

My wonder is this...how can an inanimate object like a gun protect hikers from bears?

If you carry bear spray...get the "Extra hold" version. The female bears love that stuff.

30+ years in CO. Have seen 3 bears en total. Ohhhhh......be CAREFUL out there. SO MUCH danger abounds....
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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LOL. Gotta love that KOA mentality. (the sign is next to the kiosk detailing the antics of our "Jackalopes", no doubt...)

My wonder is this...how can an inanimate object like a gun protect hikers from bears?

If you carry bear spray...get the "Extra hold" version. The female bears love that stuff.

30+ years in CO. Have seen 3 bears en total. Ohhhhh......be CAREFUL out there. SO MUCH danger abounds....
I think you are supposed to throw it at the bear, or something like that
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Largo, Fl, Sparta, TN
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Thanks for the responses. I feel a little at ease.
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:19 PM
 
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Default Bears in Park Co.

We've had one on our deck (seemed to like our BBQ grill) seen a couple of others this summer
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Fear on The Colorado Trail, real and imagined - The Denver Post
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