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    how you deal with bears??

    i was talking to a canadian costumer earlier this morning(have a jewelry shop down here in mazatlan), and he was telling me about coming around his house, and that happends alot up there, so i was wondering how you mountain bikers deal with bears in canadian trails?? i mean he told me that bears donīt have a good sight but they can smell. we have alot of bulls and cows on our trails down here and if you donīt bother them they wonīt bother you..is that the same with bears??

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    Lots of info here...

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/ban...t/visit12.aspx

    You make sure you keep watch on the trails, give the Black Bears lots of space and don't engage with eye contact or other threatening behaviour, and don't get between the mother and the cub, generally they prefer to stay away from people.

    If it's a Grizzly, you would just have to hope it isn't hungry and isn't pissed off, otherwise you're likely to be the appetizer, and unless you have a big firearm there won't be much to stop it.

    Frankly I'd be more concerned about the cougars.
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    LOL I thought it said "How to deal with beers". I'm not sure if bears like beer, they seem more into coke.
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    I can tell you how an American deals with Canadian bears. I've jumped on my bike and pedaled my a$$ off! Now I know you're not suppose to run but the bears I've encountered in BC scare me a little. I don't know why but both times they have been huge and able to get real close before I spotted them.

    To be fair both times were in a populated area(Whistler Bike Park, MT Fromme trail system). So they probably were used to seeing or smelling humans. They weren't Grizzlies either.

    We try to talk the whole ride if we're sketched out about bears.

    Rocky's totally right about the cougers. Don't bike with your dog or young kids if you hear of cougar sightings in the area.
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    oh, yeah, about the Grizzly bears... just because they weigh 900 pounds doesn't mean you can out run them

    http://www.krtv.com/news/grizzly-ver...-of-the-story/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrl
    i was talking to a canadian costumer earlier this morning(have a jewelry shop down here in mazatlan), and he was telling me about coming around his house, and that happends alot up there, so i was wondering how you mountain bikers deal with bears in canadian trails?? i mean he told me that bears donīt have a good sight but they can smell. we have alot of bulls and cows on our trails down here and if you donīt bother them they wonīt bother you..is that the same with bears??

    cool topic!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrl
    i was talking to a canadian costumer earlier this morning(have a jewelry shop down here in mazatlan), and he was telling me about coming around his house, and that happends alot up there, so i was wondering how you mountain bikers deal with bears in canadian trails?? i mean he told me that bears donīt have a good sight but they can smell. we have alot of bulls and cows on our trails down here and if you donīt bother them they wonīt bother you..is that the same with bears??

    cool topic!!!

    Step 1 Understand where you are riding.

    Step 2 Hoot and holler every 30 seconds or so, and understand where you are driving the wildlife and bears...Riding in a pack of 6 or so people will do the same thing.

    Step 3 Carry some bear spray.

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    I have to admit to being somewhat amused to attitudes toward bears and wildlife in general as if every animal is out to get you.
    I don't disagree with any of the responses and advise given necessarily but with all the bear encounters I have had over the years - six this past season alone - I've never once had any reason to believe the bear wanted anything more than to simply get out of the way and carry on with his business, eating berries and grass which is something like 90%of their diet.
    I will add though, I've not confronted a hurt, angry or otherwise aggressive bear, I also don't ride in fear of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowup
    I have to admit to being somewhat amused to attitudes toward bears and wildlife in general as if every animal is out to get you.
    I don't disagree with any of the responses and advise given necessarily but with all the bear encounters I have had over the years - six this past season alone - I've never once had any reason to believe the bear wanted anything more than to simply get out of the way and carry on with his business, eating berries and grass which is something like 90%of their diet.
    I will add though, I've not confronted a hurt, angry or otherwise aggressive bear, I also don't ride in fear of my life.
    Encounters are pretty rare, BUT - when you surprise them at 30km/h in the bush you are reeeally taking your chances. If you surprise a mother and cub like that or a bear near a kill/scavange site, you're almost certainly in for a mauling. A few people each year are killed by bears in north america, it seems in the last two years mountain bikers were fairly high percentage of those attacked. Of course, this is like 2 or 3 people, killed, we are talking about. I don't know about non-fatal maulings... the odds are low.. bears aren't gonna stalk people like cougars do.

    About hooting and hollering. That won't do much at all - except perhaps embolden you - If the bush is thick enough that you can't properly see then the chance of a bear hearing the human voice through the bush is very low particularly if you only shout every 15 seconds(consider how far you can ride in 15 seconds)... air horns/airZounds are good.

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    I came across my first 2 grizzlies this year,and I have a good healthy fear of those big bastards. The first one didn't want anything to do with us and was running away from us when we spotted it. The second one was quite small for a grizzly (1-2 yrs old) and it was so busy eating berries about 15ft off the side of the trail we spotted it before it heard us. We passed by with caution and it turned into the bush and took off. I know they are annoying but I am giving credit to our 'dinner bells' to alerting the bears to our presence. Black bears aren't much of a concern and they are typically more scared of you than you are of them, unless you get between a momma and her cub.
    Edit - here is one of Canada's top XC marathon racers encounters with a griz: http://ctwally.blogspot.com/2010/08/...nsrockies.html
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    ...and of course, since no one else brought it up yet, you should always ride with someone who is much slower than you so the bear has something to play with while you get away.
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    Play dead. It worked for Elmer J. Fudd.

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    My two grizzly encounters were awe inspiring and pant shatting scary at the same time. Both times the bear seemed completely disinterested.

    Make lots of noise if the area seams beary, carry pepper spray if you are riding solo, or stuff some bacon in the slowest riders camelback...

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    Quote Originally Posted by curbhuck
    or stuff some bacon in the slowest riders camelback...
    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    ride with someone who is much slower than you
    If YOU are the slowest rider though, don't worry. A quick kick to the knee of the faster riders is a great equalizer
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    The Tonya Harding defense....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    The Tonya Harding defense....
    Come on, Tonya didn't do the dirty work. As shocking and as contradictory to what cartoons and the internet have taught me, i don't think bacon would sooth a pissed off bear.. that is unless...

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    What NOT to do:

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    A bear bell will save you having to hoot and holler all the time. I just strap one on the bars so it jingles while I ride. Bears generally don't mess with people (there are exceptions) and if you let them know you are there, they generally won't have an issue with you.

    Surprise a bear, get between a sow and her cubs, interrupt a meal....well, then there can be some serious trouble.

    Also, black bears are far less likely to bluff charge....if one is coming at you, you're in deep doo-doo.
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    A good dog will find 'em and chase 'em off before you need to worry about it. At least mine does.

    Of course, I always carry bear spray, especially when riding solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    A good dog will find 'em and chase 'em off before you need to worry about it. At least mine does.
    A dog, good or otherwise, can be an invitation to an unpleasant encounter.

    A dog, if chased, will bee-line it back to you and then you're potentially in for a world of fun.

    I ride with my dog frequently and whenever we encounter a bear I ensure she stays right next to me while we sort out what route to take to avoid a confrontation.

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    It helps to ride by when they are sleeping .....That`s what I do
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    It helps to ride by when they are sleeping .....That`s what I do
    **insert obligatory "grumpy when they wake up" joke here**
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    Great pic ODB. Reminds me of Pete Tong's coke badger...


    15 years mountain biking... saw my first griz this year and it had better things to do than eat cyclists.

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    I'm scared of tree stumps they look like bears.

    and I carry pepper spray just in case crazy racoon's are on the attack.

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    When you are out riding how do you tell the difference between Black Bear and Grizzly Bear scat?
    Black Bear scat contains mostly digested berries and other types of vegetative material.
    Grizzly Bear scat contains bells and smells of pepper spray.

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