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post #11 of 47 Old 01-07-2013, 10:49 PM
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Last spring we (about 10 riders) out riding in the national park here, black bears are common. We had only been riding about 10 mins. and my friend points up in a tree by the lake we were riding along......there was a cub up the tree......first thing I thought was "where's Mom?"!! We all started hollaring and making noise and the mom was ahead of us on the trail running away from us.....a ways down she cut back into the bush, she probably back tracked to her cub.......a couple of the ladies we were riding with ride there all the time and they said to make noise, talking, whatever (bells if you want) that will let any bears know we are coming and they usually head into the bush.......shortly after I was leading and we ran into a HUGE bull moose!!!
Funny but I never noticed the horses get worried when we ran into those.....we've also come across 4 coyote cubs running down the trail in front of us and zipped into the bush, foxes, tons of deer,'s great to see the wildlife like that while out riding!

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post #12 of 47 Old 01-07-2013, 11:06 PM
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Have encountered black bears twice when riding the trails in the last five years. On one occasion my horse Joey and I were galloping up a hill and I saw what I thought was a large black dog to the left of us. Upon closer look I realized that what I thought was a dog turned out to be a black bear, once I saw their profile. The bear looked at us then turned in the opposite direction and took off. Joey and I turned back in the direction we came from too and I whispered to him that he had my permission to trot quickly down the hill. I'm glad the bear wasn't really interested in us but it was nice to get that close to one.
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post #13 of 47 Old 01-07-2013, 11:51 PM
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Haven't run into a bear while riding, yet. (I see one maybe every 2-3 years while hiking.) Friends have, and have never had any problem. The horses do sometimes get a little edgy when we run across fairly fresh bear scat.
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post #14 of 47 Old 01-07-2013, 11:56 PM
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Also, take a friend who has a fat out of shape horse and outrun em......your sure to be safe
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post #15 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Missy May View Post
In Alaska we said the way to tell the difference between a black bear and a brown bear, is to climb a tree, the black bear will come up after you, the brown bear will just push the tree over.

When we were in bear country we made alot of noise, up there the bears are more interested in easy to catch food like fish and berries, all they want to do is eat to gain weight and expend the least amount of energy possible. Up there you can usually smell them before you see them, especially during salmon season they smell like rotten fish.
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post #16 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 12:54 AM
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I've only ever run into bears while hiking. I almost bumped into one once when I was hiking too quietly. Scared the Dickens out of each other.
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post #17 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 01:34 AM
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Black-fight back
Brown-hit the ground

Meaning if its a black bear make lots of noise to scare it away, wave your arms etc etc. Brown bear hit the ground play dead and be very still. Dont climb trees black bears will climb up after you and brown bears will just shake you out. This is just what my parents told us because its not uncommon to have black bears wandering down our street or in our back yard.
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the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #18 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 01:36 AM
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Sorry i forgot to write about what i was told to do if im on a horse. I was told to get off as fast as possible at the first sight of a bear, not to think just to get off. We had to practice how fast we could get off when we were younger.

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #19 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 06:44 AM
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It's a thrill to see bears and one of the reasons I love to ride in the Cherokee.

We usually see them in the spring of the year and not so much in the fall as they're hunted down here in most places (not in the smoky's) and usually don't hang around long. Hunting keeps them honest with a high fear of man so they want to get away from you more than you want to get away from them. Most problem bears come from places where they are not hunted and have no fear of man.

Count yourself as one of the fortunate few if you get to see one.
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post #20 of 47 Old 01-08-2013, 08:04 AM
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Saw one on horseback and one crossing the road while driving. Hubby and I while riding down a trail wondered why our horses were looking off to their left. We stopped and saw a big bear. We were like oh sh*t a bear, um what do we do, but it was so cool seeing one and the horses were alert but calm, so we just watched it look up at us a run down a path it probably previously traveled on.
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