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Old 09-10-2015, 01:21 PM   #21
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There's one memory you won't forget.....glad everyone was ok.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:23 PM   #22
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Before getting a 5er we use to tent camp in the sierra and would come across black bears going through the camp site all the time. One time I looked out side my tent to be face to face with one. We made it a habit to have a small air horn in our pockets. Give that a honk and they will run the other way allowing you to calmly move away.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:25 PM   #23
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We had one walk into our campsite in Lassen NP in California. My wife spotted it and ran to the motorhome yelling bear. I jumped up and ran into the motorhome and locked the door. I got a laugh out of that...like he was going to try the door. He heard the door slam and ran back into the woods. He didn't seem to notice us until the door slammed.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:27 PM   #24
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Info on black and grizzly bears from another thread on this forum:

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Old 09-10-2015, 01:49 PM   #25
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[QUOTE=scootingranny;979406]Glad you got inside quickly...don't know if I could think OR move that fast if I ever saw one! ANd yeah, not hard to outrun an alligator but tough to outrun a bear!/QUOTE]

Just to keep things in perspective, Smaller alligators can run 25mph for short distances, whereas the larger alligators tend to "belly run" at 7mph. They tend to be lazy unless perturbed, but I surly don't want to have to try and out run one.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:30 PM   #26
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Being from Florida & around 'gators all my life, just want everyone to know that if a small one or a large one really wants to catch you, you're caught. They are very fast for a relatively short distance.
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You might have been better just down the road @ Manatee Springs State Park .... but the ticks were scary too!
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:35 PM   #28
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These pictures were taken at the NC Zoo earlier this year. They did a demonstration of a grizzly tearing through a campground. He had a great time eating and investigating. He got the regular cooler open but could not open the yeti cooler. This bear was relocated from Yellowstone because he was known to be a unit hear that routinely raided campsites. He was over 800 lbs IIRC.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:55 PM   #29
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You might have been better just down the road @ Manatee Springs State Park .... but the ticks were scary too!
Yes, ticks are scary. We did some hiking and there were parts where the path was so narrow and thick brush/vegetation on either side of us that I'm surprised we didn't pick up any ticks, lol!

Have you been able to see any manatees?
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These pictures were taken at the NC Zoo earlier this year. They did a demonstration of a grizzly tearing through a campground. He had a great time eating and investigating. He got the regular cooler open but could not open the yeti cooler. This bear was relocated from Yellowstone because he was known to be a unit hear that routinely raided campsites. He was over 800 lbs IIRC.
That would be absolutely petrifying! Our bear was more than likely a full grown male of about 300 lbs and that was enough to get me shaking in my shoes. But a grizzly bear? I'd probably faint out of fear.
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