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Old 03-01-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Pine Martins are great little things (as long as you are not a food item to them). Their fur is just silky, and even right out of the woods it is just unbelievable how soft it is. I have seen a few out and about here in the woods and they are something to watch. Another animal that has fur that will take you by surprise, is the soft underhairs on a bear. A bear cub will snuggle in tight if you pick it up, just watch out putting it back down. They hang on like no tomorrow and get excited enough to pee. (Don't ask, it's better that way )

 
Old 03-01-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Oh I'm asking! HOW did you get your hands on a cub? I'd go to great lengths to get to go with biologists. I don't care if it pees on me, I want to check out a cub up close and personal.
 
Old 03-01-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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Pine Martins are great little things (as long as you are not a food item to them). Their fur is just silky, and even right out of the woods it is just unbelievable how soft it is. I have seen a few out and about here in the woods and they are something to watch. Another animal that has fur that will take you by surprise, is the soft underhairs on a bear. A bear cub will snuggle in tight if you pick it up, just watch out putting it back down. They hang on like no tomorrow and get excited enough to pee. (Don't ask, it's better that way )

I think we definitely need to know how that happened!! Where was mama bear?

I'm completely nature knowledge impaired (like you hadn't figured that out! lolol) and even I know that you don't mess with bear cubs in the wild. I'm guessing you had to have been in a controlled environment?
 
Old 03-01-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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controlled environment more or less. A mother bear was hit and killed on the road and I happened to be at the house of a guy they call to raise and release wild animals. There was a set of cubs there and he asked me if I was interested in going out and helping him pick up the cubs. Who was I to turn down that chance. So yes I picked up a couple of wild bear cubs one spring and both managed to pee on me. I was smiling the whole time though.
 
Old 03-01-2008, 09:24 PM
 
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controlled environment more or less. A mother bear was hit and killed on the road and I happened to be at the house of a guy they call to raise and release wild animals. There was a set of cubs there and he asked me if I was interested in going out and helping him pick up the cubs. Who was I to turn down that chance. So yes I picked up a couple of wild bear cubs one spring and both managed to pee on me. I was smiling the whole time though.


Okay, let's be really clear for those who may have limited knowledge of cute cuddly critters like bears.

Do NOT under any circumstances seek to approach a bear cub in any type of wilderness situation.

Mama bears have been known to get rather peeved at strangers messin' with their babies, and peeved a Mama bear stands a very good chance of ruining your day.

If you happen to run across a bear cub, turn around and walk back the way you came until you are well clear of the area.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 04:29 AM
 
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controlled environment more or less. A mother bear was hit and killed on the road and I happened to be at the house of a guy they call to raise and release wild animals. There was a set of cubs there and he asked me if I was interested in going out and helping him pick up the cubs. Who was I to turn down that chance. So yes I picked up a couple of wild bear cubs one spring and both managed to pee on me. I was smiling the whole time though.

a chance of a lifetime!! id have been there also..

last summer i was headin south between presque-isle and mars hill, and saw a small bear cub on the side of the road,,looking like he wanted to cross the road,,but the cars made him nervous, i slowed down,,backed up,,,(i travel alot and very rarely do i see a bear, let alone a cub) so i wanted to get a good look at him, maybe take a picture,,,and put on my flashers to alert other cars,,in case he did dart across the road,,
when i backed up,,,he ran back in the field about 10 yards and stood still,,,,again, was thinking about getting out with my camera to snap a shot,,,but then ...caution got the best of me,,,was thinking mother bear probly wasnt far, and there's a major road nearby...so i didnt want any of my actions,,,contributing to making a bear even more nervous or darting out in traffic,,so i just slowly took off,,

i was remembering a few yrs back,,when almost in greenville,,there was a few cars next to the road,,,tourists taking pictures of a moose and her two fawns... mother moose got a bit peturbed,,and charged at one of the tourists,,that got too close,,, the little ones were nervouse and just ran out in the road,,not knowing what to do,,but staying close to mother moose,,
that road is heavily travelled by logging trucks,,,,so the little ones could have easily been wiped out, ,,,(didnt happen, but i could see where human interference could have contributed,,to the deaths of the little ones)


seeing a deer, moose or a bear is a treat,,,but like cornerguy stated, keep your distance,,
and id suggest to anyone going into maine woods to hike, camp, canoe, please keep a lid on all foods and dispose of properly, bears have a nose better than a blood-hound and can smell food from miles around...
 
Old 03-02-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Okay, let's be really clear for those who may have limited knowledge of cute cuddly critters like bears.

Do NOT under any circumstances seek to approach a bear cub in any type of wilderness situation.

Mama bears have been known to get rather peeved at strangers messin' with their babies, and peeved a Mama bear stands a very good chance of ruining your day.

If you happen to run across a bear cub, turn around and walk back the way you came until you are well clear of the area.

Without a doubt!!!!!!

Yes the circumstance I was in, I don't ever expect to have happen again as long as I live. I have seen Mama and cubs in the wild before and let me say; while being a great thing to see, it is also VERY nerve racking. Almost to the point of being cautious even breathing for fear (yes, I said fear) of having the Mama take it as an act of aggression toward the cub/s. I have had bears false rush me a couple of times and it is enough to give you a heart attack at how fast and graceful something so big can move. I cannot imagine how it would be knowing she wasn't going to stop a couple of feet away.

Momma ANYTHING with her babies out in the woods are to be looked at from a distance and not approached. EVER!
 
Old 03-02-2008, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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HI EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

I am SO GLAD to be functioning again!!!! I won't bore you all with the numerous challenges I have had since the start of the year....broken bones, nosy neighbors, the sneezy, sniffly sinus infection and the WRONG antibotics and, and, and...oops, said I wouldn't bore you all with the details! But, I'm here!! I'm back in the land of the internet in general and the City-Data forum in particular!! WOO HOO! I have TWO functioning hands!!!!! It will take me DAYS to catch up on all the posts and see where everybody is and what they are doing, just scanning this thread tells me we have lots of action going on! Thanks to all the well wishers and I'll be around reading and checking in!!!

Stacie
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Florida&Eastport
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Default A Remarkable Phone Call.

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Old 03-02-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I get at least one green egg each day...
So... you have ham?

Sam-I-am

Dr. Seuss

Last edited by quiet walker; 03-02-2008 at 09:24 AM..
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