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Old 09-09-2015, 11:18 PM   #11
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DH here: this was a cool experience! A little scary, but as uninvited guests go, this one behaved pretty well and left without a fuss. With black bears, making yourself big and noisy works well to run them off. This encounter never got that intense.
Oh yes it was intense! How close would he have gotten had we not caught him in the act of coming directly towards us. Shudder to think, but thankfully we were aware of our surroundings and heard him before we saw him.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:18 PM   #12
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You would not need to outrun the bear, just your DH.
LOL! I did outrun him, LOL!
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:28 PM   #13
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:31 PM   #14
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:32 PM   #15
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:36 PM   #16
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Actually dh did right, you want to back up slowly, not run from a bear. Glad y'all are safe. Where are you at? When I was in college, I was a wrangler on a dude ranch in Colorado near Mesa Verde. We used to take a 2 day trail ride that took us to an elevation of 10,000 ft. We would ride up a wooded trail, into a field past an old cabin, down another wooded trail and out into another field where we would ride under a rocky cliff overhang, back out in the open and up another hill. One day we popped up over the hill by the cabin to see a large bear. We just made a lot of noise talking and the bear walked off into the woods. Another time on the same trail, we were riding under the overhang and the horses were all acting skittish. This was very unusual for these horses. Couldn't figure out why until we came back out in the open and saw we had just ridden under a mountain lion. we quickly rode on out of the area. Guess I gave those ranch guests more than they bargained for those days. I got some great tips those weeks.
We're at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL, north of Orlando. Wow! What experiences you've had. I haven't had so much excitement EVER in my life like what I've had today. Now that it's done and everyone is safe, I'm glad I can think of it and smile now

But you better believe that I will not be so interested in late night campfires during the remainder of our stay here
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We have two dogs. One doesn't like people or very few people. Loves my grangirl, husband, son and me. Otherwise, you would think she is Cujo and oh my word...when she sees the UPS truck drive up, she just goes bananas. But she is just a big bully because she will run and hide when I bring out the vacuum cleaner (she is a rescue and have no idea of what she went thru before we got her). The other dog LOVES people but not other animals (she likes other dogs just not other animals). She watches tv and KNOWS when an animal shows up on commercial or in a show and barks like crazy. SO if the bear had come up on our campsite, we would have known ahead of time because one would have run under the couch and the other would be standing her ground, barking like a banshee. Who needs burglar alarms with those two???
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We have two dogs. One doesn't like people or very few people. Loves my grangirl, husband, son and me. Otherwise, you would think she is Cujo and oh my word...when she sees the UPS truck drive up, she just goes bananas. But she is just a big bully because she will run and hide when I bring out the vacuum cleaner (she is a rescue and have no idea of what she went thru before we got her). The other dog LOVES people but not other animals (she likes other dogs just not other animals). She watches tv and KNOWS when an animal shows up on commercial or in a show and barks like crazy. SO if the bear had come up on our campsite, we would have known ahead of time because one would have run under the couch and the other would be standing her ground, barking like a banshee. Who needs burglar alarms with those two???
Sounds like a good combination
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This is only for Black Bears...If you try most of this with a Grizzly you will provoke it.
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I love adventures. I am pretty sure I would panic and run too although I know that's not what to do. Lol. I want to camp with you!
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