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Old 08-03-2017, 11:31 PM
Location: Juneau
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Originally Posted by CuppaTea View Post
It has come to my attention that there are bears showing up in more and more populated areas of the country. I'm trying to decide where I'd like to relocate to, but there is no way I would comfortable anywhere that has the possibility of a BEAR walking down the street or showing up in my yard.

Please tell me where they are!

Urban bears are a way of life in Juneau. Even downtown. You gotta know how to be bear aware
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:51 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Originally Posted by CuppaTea View Post
I'd like to see all you sarcastic people here if a bear was on your deck or in your yard. You'd be cracking jokes left and right I'm sure.
The last time I was at my brother's house in NY, there was a bear in his yard. Cracking jokes is exactly what we did. Cracked open a few cold ones too. I mean, if you have a bear in your yard, why not enjoy it?

The only 'serious' thing he did was pull his and his neighbors trash bin into the garage.
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Old 08-05-2017, 01:18 PM
Location: Colorado
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Don't live in North Colorado Springs. During the summer, they walk around nightly in my neighborhood! You cannot keep your trash outside. You put it out in the morning right before pick up. And some Bears this year have gone into folks open garages and opening their extra fridges they keep in there to get food.

I love our wildlife but when you see a bear (or like this past year, a mountain lion) walking past your window, you start wondering how protective the glass would actually be if something happened.
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:04 PM
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Southern AZ along the border has more than its share. Right up into the living area of Ft Huachuca. But then again we also have Puma and a Jaguar
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:09 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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here is one of our neighborly bears in E Central Minnesota, they come around occasionally to pull down bird feeders when we forget to bring them in and root around the compost bin...image is not so good as twilight was falling and was taken through a window...

...so far haven't been eaten by any of these bears
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:43 AM
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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Originally Posted by CuppaTea View Post
The fact that anyone here is ridiculing me for not wanting to live in an area that is known to have wandering BEARS in it, speaks volumes about the kind of people YOU are. I won't go any further with that. You can make of it what you will.

Thanks again to those few decent who have been nice and helpful.

I won't be looking at this thread anymore, since I've gotten almost no useful info from it. I did not expect this kind of treatment.
I see you barely have a sense of humor.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:56 PM
Location: Erie, PA
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Pretty much you will want to stay away from mountainous areas or areas near mountain ranges.

I was on a hike in the Adirondacks as a teen and was coming down a trail around a corner when I ran into a black bear about 5 feet away. I stopped out of shock and the bear also stopped (probably also out of shock). I said, "Oh, sh*t!" and right as I said it, the bear stood up, sniffing at the air. The bear grunted and then started to climb down the mountain using an alternate route so nothing happened other than some momentary surprise.

Bears can also be common in some rural locations.

Generally if you stick to the 'burbs or the city you don't really have to worry much about bears...unless you are living in places in Canada that get polar bears coming into town or places in Alaska that get bears roaming around at will.

Here is a distribution map and some interesting information about black bear:


I don't know much about grizzlies as I've never lived in an area where I've run across them or had them in my yard like the black bears, but here's a distro map and info on them as well. Grizzly bears have a very limited distribution in the lower 48:

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Old 08-07-2017, 12:51 AM
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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This is one of my favorite animal encounter vids on YT. This is La Crescenta, a little more than 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

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Old 08-07-2017, 04:22 PM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Sometimes bears do eat people. We had a young man killed by a bear he was trying to photograph a coupla years ago here in New Jersey. Bear snacked on the body before they found him.

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Old 08-07-2017, 04:29 PM
Location: Raleigh
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Originally Posted by pnwguy2 View Post
Bears exist in 48 States, but here is where they will likey be preparing to eat you:
Map of where bears live in North America
Think, "Where the bears are . . ."

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