• 06-29-2016
    pinchflat
    Grizzly Kills Mountain Biker Near Glacier National Park
    Sad news.
    I guess it's good we only have black bears around hear and no grizzlies. I also hope the bears can hear my bear bell - even though I mostly got it to avoid startling hikers.

    Grizzly Kills Mountain Biker Near Glacier National Park - NBC News
  • 06-30-2016
    bross_48
    Aren't there Grizzlies in the North Cascades, with talk of more being relocated there?
  • 06-30-2016
    The Sagebrush Slug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bross_48 View Post
    Aren't there Grizzlies in the North Cascades, with talk of more being relocated there?

    There have been grizzlies in NE Washington for decades.

    Black bears generally are more aggressive than grizzlies, and some of them get pretty big.
  • 06-30-2016
    woodway
    Caught this bad boy about a month ago on the camera pointing out the front window of my house in Woodinville. Don't think I would want to run into him on the trail.

    https://youtu.be/rf1c3cjR9yQ
  • 07-01-2016
    Ladmo
    Saw a mama and her cub across the street from my house in Sammamish last week. They were gone before I could get my camera. They are everywhere we ride.
  • 07-01-2016
    Ladmo
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    Here's a bear in Tokul east on the road looking up from the bottom of Safety First. I went up the road thinking it would get scared and go into the bushes. It won the chicken battle with me, and I turned around and went around.

    Attachment 1079694

    Here's one on my porch last year.

    Attachment 1079695

    They are everywhere.
  • 07-06-2016
    Westorbust
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by The Sagebrush Slug View Post
    There have been grizzlies in NE Washington for decades.

    Black bears generally are more aggressive than grizzlies, and some of them get pretty big.

    You have that backwards. Grizzlies are more aggressive and larger. Black bear's first defense is to run.
  • 07-06-2016
    JNKER
    ^^^ Absolutely. Black bears being "aggressive," period, is misinformation.

    North American Bear Center - How dangerous are black bears?
  • 07-06-2016
    ACree
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JNKER View Post
    ^^^ Absolutely. Black bears being "aggressive," period, is misinformation.

    North American Bear Center - How dangerous are black bears?

    They are aggressive with the garbage cans on Snoqualmie Ridge.

    Every black bear I've seen in the wild has run away, quickly, as soon as it realized I was near.
  • 07-06-2016
    JNKER
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ACree View Post
    They are aggressive with the garbage cans on Snoqualmie Ridge.

    Every black bear I've seen in the wild has run away, quickly, as soon as it realized I was near.

    Ha! Yeah, with the trash, that's true.
  • 07-06-2016
    AC/BC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JNKER View Post
    ^^^ Absolutely. Black bears being "aggressive," period, is misinformation.

    North American Bear Center - How dangerous are black bears?



    They're aggressive if you're carrying around a picnic basket on the back of your bike.
  • 07-06-2016
    Preston67
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    They're aggressive if you're carrying around a picnic basket on the back of your bike.

    Although I believe the bears call it a Pic-a-nick bas-KET !
  • 07-06-2016
    str8edgMTBMXer
    So are they going to do the "Florida/Disney" thing and kill every grizzly they see now?
  • 07-06-2016
    The Sagebrush Slug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ACree View Post
    They are aggressive with the garbage cans on Snoqualmie Ridge.

    Every black bear I've seen in the wild has run away, quickly, as soon as it realized I was near.

    Back in the day we got chased back up the Middle Fork for more than a mile by a very large black bear, and there were roughly six of us in a pack of bikers.

    That bear was ornery and wasn't going to take anything for an answer.

    I'm glad all y'all have had good experiences with bears (and what I describe is, IMHO, a good experience) but do not expect them to back off and run away, especially in the early spring when they are hungry, in late spring when they're in rut, and in the fall when they are getting ready for denning up.

    The issue is that as Prof. Cree has said, is that a black bear is more likely to be habituated to people and grizzlies not.

    But the other two black bears I've run into have all been of the "whoops, sorry, outahere!" variety, so I'm not sure that this debate is worth the ink.
  • 07-06-2016
    evasive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    So are they going to do the "Florida/Disney" thing and kill every grizzly they see now?

    No.

    http://helenair.com/news/state-and-r...4181bac4c.html