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post #61 of 71
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He told me a cowbell makes a LOT more noise than little jingle bells and it's definitely true. 

 

The bear skedaddled, and that's what matters!

 

I think the bell is a great idea and have intended to get one, but it's just one of those things I have never seemed to get around to.  The cow bell does seem like it would be far better than the little tinkly bells I was considering.

 

Until I scrounge one up, I'll simply continue to beat the tar out of rocks with my pole or belt out various selections from West Side Story...or maybe Cats.  

post #62 of 71

^^^^I sing lots of Pearl Jam or maybe Soundgarden loudly and mix in some "HEY BEARs!!!" in between. Lots of trail banter and joke telling with my fellow hikers as well. I've often wondered if one of those small air horns they use at sporting events would be effective (though they'd probably be startling to other hikers also)...

 

    zenny

post #63 of 71
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^^^^I sing lots of Pearl Jam or maybe Soundgarden loudly and mix in some "HEY BEARs!!!" in between. Lots of trail banter and joke telling with my fellow hikers as well. I've often wondered if one of those small air horns they use at sporting events would be effective (though they'd probably be startling to other hikers also)...

 

    zenny

 

LOL, I"ve been known to shout "HEY BEAR!!!" before rounding a bend myself!

I don't worry when I'm with others, because our raucous gabbing scares away anything within a mile probably.  It's when I'm solo that I adopt noise-making tactics.  I was (mostly) kidding about the show tunes, although I won't say that I haven't actually belted out a little "Oklahoma" from time to time...wink.gif  

post #64 of 71

Just in case anyone is interested, an article in the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper cites 400-600 mountain lions on Vancouver Island with the population on the upswing. Province wide there are an estimated 5100-7000 lions. Keep in mind that B.C. is larger than Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada combined and B.C. is mostly mountainous.

 

I wonder how many Sasquatches in B.C.?

 

I haven't encountered any Sasquatches but once worked with a guy in Alberta who had seen one.

 

I did have a cougar casually cross a logging road 75 feet from my pick up truck one time. It glanced over at me and then leaped up a 10 or 12 foot rock cut and was gone. About 10 feet long, nose to tail and very similar colouring to a deer (I thought it was a deer for the first split second until it registered in by brain what I was looking at) with a dark brown high up on its back and then turning a lighter colour down its sides and whitish under belly. An absolutely beautiful animal.

post #65 of 71
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Do they eat llamas?

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post #66 of 71
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The cowbell idea was given to me by another Epic member, Adipose, who doesn't post here much anymore.  He and a couple of his friends spend a lot more time in bear country than I do.  

 

He told me a cowbell makes a LOT more noise than little jingle bells and it's definitely true.  If you ever spectate at a ski race, somebody will be selling or giving away cowbells.  Mine has a Verizon logo on it and I got it at the Birds of Prey World Cup race in Beaver Creek (so THAT means that this thread is now officially ski-related!).  I really did feel like I was driving an ice cream truck, but I also felt I wasn't going to surprise any bears. And I really should have been using the bell on that trail back from the Yellowstone.  I had it IN my pack, for God's sake, but in my own infinite wisdom I had decided that the trail I was on didn't qualify as official bear habitat.  

 

Shows what I know.  redface.gif

Well, maybe you were right, except the bears migrated recently in an attempt to avoid all the noisy bells and off-key singing that have infiltrated their habitat. Can't you just see them, "What gives, it used to be so quiet and peaceful out here!"

 

Surely there is a Far Side cartoon about this....


Edited by segbrown - 8/1/13 at 3:58pm
post #67 of 71
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I haven't encountered any Sasquatches but once worked with a guy in Alberta who had seen one.

 

   Ah yes...a.k.a. the Skookum or the Bukwas--my personal favorite names given to them by the Chinook and  Kwawaka peoples respectively. Always hoped they were real and that I could see one (from a distance eek.gif).

 

    zenny

post #68 of 71
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fisher cat

smaller ones:  fox, racoon

 

Thanks for posting that one.  I had never even heard of it.  Apparently it's a close relative of the martens we have here.  

 

Raccoon was an obvious one I missed also.

post #69 of 71
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Well, maybe you were right, except the bears migrated recently in an attempt to avoid all the noisy bells and off-key singing that has infiltrated their habitat. Can't you just see them, "What gives, it used to be so quiet and peaceful out here!"

 

Surely there is a Far Side cartoon about this....

 

Ha!  You're right.  

 

It must drive all those wild creatures crazy to have to listen to (and smell) us nimrods out in the woods.

 

It reminds me of what the old trapper says upon meeting Robert Redford's starving character in "Jeremiah Johnson".  Something along the lines of "You're the same dumb pilgrim I been hearing for twenty days and smelling for three."

post #70 of 71

Awesome reenactment...I hadn't seen that "video", even though the snatch happened just two miles from my house.  I walk at night in that neighborhood sometimes, but I've never encountered anything scarier than a skunk (that was plenty scary). 

 

Back in the 90's in that same neighborhood, a mountain lion killed a leashed dog in someones back yard.  When the homeowner went out to chase it away, it repeatedly tried to jump over their fence with the dog in its mouth, only to get yanked back by the leash each time.

 

We seem to get a lot of "lost dog" posters on the street poles around here... hmmm....

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(or by dogs, which though they probably don't taste as good as deer, are a ready food source.)

 

 

post #71 of 71

For the US, apparently ocelots are also making their way back...pretty cool.  For jaguars, I also need to take back my statement that they may not make the list of ski country predators...they may not be squarely on that list now, but I'm told they do have the potential.  I guess tigers do well in SIberia, so why not a North American version of the same? 

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