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Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
https://www.travelawaits.com/2701019/bear-attack-blue-ridge-parkway-north-carolina/


OCT.3.2021

A picnicking couple were repeatedly attacked by a bear on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina, earlier this week. The couple drove themselves to a nearby hospital after the attack, where they were treated and released.

The bear attack occurred while the couple was having a picnic on a grassy hill on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Folk Art Center in Asheville last Wednesday, the National Park Service reports. They were alerted to the bear’s presence by their dog.

“The unleashed dog ran towards the bear while barking loudly. Likely aggravated by the dog, the bear acted defensively toward the dog and the couple,” the National Park Service reports. “Over the next several minutes, there were repeated attacks by the bear while the couple retreated with their dog to the safety of their vehicle.”



I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,163 Senior Member
    Hungry bear...picnic basket= predictable outcome...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Add “tourists” that don’t understand where they are, and what lives there.  We lose a few pets a year to alligators here and people still walk their dogs right by the ponds and then freak out when Muffy becomes lunch.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 323 Member
    More likely a little hokey-pokey on the grassy knoll set off the bear encounter
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,683 Senior Member
    You previously walked around unarmed?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 1,341 Senior Member
    I guess this isn't an appropriate time for a Yogi Bear joke.
    We've been conditioned to believe that obedience is virtuous and voting is freedom- 
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    You previously walked around unarmed?
    Hummm, no…. Good point.  🤓
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,683 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    You previously walked around unarmed?
    Hummm, no…. Good point.  🤓

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 323 Member
    In many bear sightings some inside 10yds I’ve never experienced an advance. They either totally ignored me or took off running. Though No griz encounters. 
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 605 Senior Member
    edited October 2021 #10
    Japhy said:  
    Though No griz encounters. 
    Or polar bears.
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 605 Senior Member
    What do bears see when they encounter a human:

    Black bear - Danger!

    Brown bear - Enemy

    Polar bear - Food!!!
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,094 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    You previously walked around unarmed?
    Hummm, no…. Good point.  🤓
    Ya better bring enough gun for bear, and it better be "loaded for bear"! That NAA .22s isn't gonna cut it! ;)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Japhy said:
    In many bear sightings some inside 10yds I’ve never experienced an advance. They either totally ignored me or took off running. Though No griz encounters. 
    And I won’t be twitchy with the trigger finger either.  I don’t get rattled much.  But I do have a dog that thinks she’s Godzilla and that seems to be a factor during encounters so I’ll be switching the Glock 43X to the Mountain Gun or the DW 10mm for dog walking duties.  No bear is gonna harm my Gracie!  


    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,163 Senior Member
    We have had quite a few bear encounters here at the house...some have involved us opening the door and By God, there he was...But we have only had one that didn't take off as soon as the encounter occurred.  That one came away from the door and moved over to the picture window and put a nose print on it. 
    Most of the time the bear encounters happen at night or early in the morning...but the last one happened in broad daylight, about 5 pm...when he got into our grain bin and took off carrying a 20 pound bag of sunflower seeds ...
    All that being said although there are always firearms close at hand, our bears...even the 400 pound one...have never behaved in a manner that would cause us to grab one...

    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Yep…. Still not leaving the gun at hone when I walk the dog or go hiking.  Critters are all too used to humans around these parts and I had a Coyote confront me snarling and decline to run away until I out a .357 round in the ground between his legs (wife didn’t wNt me to shoot him).   Just a few days ago my MIL had a Fox tracking her while she was walking he adorable 8lb pooch.  Just got her a good blinding light and LE grade pepper spray to carry on her walks.

    Im not gonna be the one that assumes it’s just Yogi coming for my sandwich if I have the ability to carry insurance.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Wouldn't surprise me if a bear ran as much or more than turning aggressive when a dog's involved. Still it's nice to carry a special friend into uncertainty.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Wouldn't surprise me if a bear ran as much or more than turning aggressive when a dog's involved. Still it's nice to carry a special friend into uncertainty.
    Wouldn’t surprise me either but the current tenant just had a sow run his lab back into his house.  Daughter closed the door right before the sow got to them.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,766 Senior Member
    edited October 2021 #18
    I live in almost downtown Colorado Springs. Thursday is "trash day". I leave for work well before daylight. On trash days, I peek around the corner before I drag the can to the curb. CSFD rescues more bears from trees than cats.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    The trash cans in the new house are bear proof and have the claw/teeth marks to prove it.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Ya know that movie The Edge?

    They never said how they kept the dogs out of the dead falls......
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Ya know that movie The Edge?

    They never said how they kept the dogs out of the dead falls......
    I’m still working on getting the rifle they “found” in the abandoned cabin!
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    That would make a great read!
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 323 Member
    Ya know that movie The Edge?

    They never said how they kept the dogs out of the dead falls......
    Our adventure club, now 3 old friends out of an original 4, watch The Edge before outings into the Pacific NW wilderness areas. Gets everyone’s spirits up for the trek.
    like the sign at the Pasayten wilderness entry:

    Report all Grizzly Sightings 
    Report all Black bear encounters

    guess one inherently knows if it’s an encounter or merely a sighting. 
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 323 Member
    The trash cans in the new house are bear proof and have the claw/teeth marks to prove it.
    I’ve seen bears push over the bear proof boxes and go in from the bottom. Good reason also to keep food out of the car in bear areas
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 323 Member
    I live in almost downtown Colorado Springs. Thursday is "trash day". I leave for work well before daylight. On trash days, I peek around the corner before I drag the can to the curb. CSFD rescues more bears from trees than cats.

    Mike
    We have some friends in CS that get bears in their pool frequently. 
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Japhy said:
    The trash cans in the new house are bear proof and have the claw/teeth marks to prove it.
    I’ve seen bears push over the bear proof boxes and go in from the bottom. Good reason also to keep food out of the car in bear areas
    When I had the ranch we had to lock the barn doors every night.  Before this we used to just roll them together but the bastards figured out how to push the doors aside and got in and chewed the corners of very expensive/heavy duty grain/feed bins.  They didn’t get through the HEAVY plastic but darn if they didn’t do some damage to the lids trying.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 605 Senior Member
    Japhy said:
    Ya know that movie The Edge?

    They never said how they kept the dogs out of the dead falls......

    Report all Grizzly Sightings 
    Report all Black bear encounters

    Report black bear encounters, and Grizzly bear sightings  - does that imply that reporting first-hand grizzly encounters are unlikely?  😁

    Regarding a discussion on the merits of carrying Bear Repellant / pepper spray I have heard it described as this:

    Black bear scat will be a pile about the size of a salad plate and will have bits of vegetation and bark in it and will smell like berries.

    Grizzly bear scat will be a pile about the size of a large dinner plate and will have bits of hair, cloth and teeth in it and will smell like pepper.
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,732 Senior Member
    This was spotted about 3 hours south of us........


    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,378 Senior Member
    The Panther is just passing through, he does not actually LIVE by you, at least that is what the MN DNR tells US. 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,732 Senior Member
    He doesn't need to 'live' by me. He only needs to 'exist' by me as a reason to get a 10MM.... ;)



    We had two bears in the county this summer and they weren't youngins looking for love.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    Japhy said:
    Ya know that movie The Edge?

    They never said how they kept the dogs out of the dead falls......

    Report all Grizzly Sightings 
    Report all Black bear encounters

    Report black bear encounters, and Grizzly bear sightings  - does that imply that reporting first-hand grizzly encounters are unlikely?  😁

    Regarding a discussion on the merits of carrying Bear Repellant / pepper spray I have heard it described as this:

    Black bear scat will be a pile about the size of a salad plate and will have bits of vegetation and bark in it and will smell like berries.

    Grizzly bear scat will be a pile about the size of a large dinner plate and will have bits of hair, cloth and teeth in it and will smell like pepper.
    Always makes me smile… 😁
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
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