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« on: November 15, 2013, 09:03:28 am »

Friends of ours moved to a nice little cabin just outside of Glacier National Park. It was ideal. There was a pond out front where they watched Moose graze and trails through Flathead National Forest just outside their door. Their three kids were picked up by the school bus at the foot of the hill and Laura could jog blissfully around the "neighborhood" exercising with the wonders of nature all around her. Being avid outdoorsmen they were very happy. The little neighborhood only had one other full time resident. One day he called Laura to tell her that Star was headed her way. "Star? Who's Star?" Oh, that's our resident grizzly. "YOU NAME YOUR BEARS?" Well Star did pay a visit to the new neighbors. She checked the front porch and the trash cans and even climbed the stairs to the back deck to look for any goodies in the BBQ grill. She left nice, big grizzly bear paw prints in the snow. Well, even nature lovers become a little concerned with a grizz living next door so changes were made. One of the parents walked the kids to the bus stop in the morning and greeted them again in the afternoon. Laura strapped bear bells on her ankle and continued her runs singing loudly all the way "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to run with a grizzly bear today".

They still live there. They still hike and cross country ski through the forests. They still kayak and raft down the rivers. The boys are grown now and everyone in the family has their own bear spray that clips to their pack straps every time they head out into nature AND they have spares that they issue to guests before each hike. So if you are in grizzly country, get your bear spray and your bear bells and sing along with nature.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 10:58:47 am »

As I was told out in Montana, the way to tell the difference between black bear scat and grizzle bear scat is that the black bears contains berrys, while the grizzles contains little bells. LOL
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 05:42:05 pm »

Tom, that gives me an idea! I'll etch my name on those bells so if a grizzly does get me, John will be able to collect that bear's scat, bells and all, so that people at my memorial service can have a sense of closure. The scat (and an ample supply of Jack Daniels) should make for some memorable toasts and an enjoyable wake.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 05:42:57 pm »

 rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 08:52:51 pm »

Toooo funny!   LOL  rolling on the floor
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 04:07:46 pm »

As I was told out in Montana, the way to tell the difference between black bear scat and grizzle bear scat is that the black bears contains berrys, while the grizzles contains little bells. LOL
Very Funny!

My experience in bear country is that bear bells are 99% good for the peace of mind, and 1% effective.  Bear spray is more effective than a gun, both for bears and inner city gangs.  Just hope you are upwind from your target.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2013, 07:46:57 pm »

This mama grizzly was running toward the bells with her cubs close behind...
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2013, 08:02:24 pm »

Oh, yikes!  As those in my family know, I have a phobia about bears.  Actually anything that can eat you, but bears seem more prevalent in that category.  Gorgeous powerful beasts tho!
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 03:54:13 pm »

We had near spray with us in Glacier & didn't need it thank goodness. Did see a black while horseback in the Tetons. That was interesting!!!
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