Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
We have had close encounters with wolves, mountain lions, and bears. I believe the bears are the worst we've had.
While riding in the Tetons we had a very close encounter with MR BEAR.
We came within 10 feet of a monster grizzly, he was eating huckleberries and we were riding on his dinner table.
What do you do? You don't run. A bear can reach speed over 40 mph and quick. No, pepper mace doesn't work,
but bear mace does, and we carry it. Put at ten feet if he wanted you, you would not have time to draw your
gun or mace.
Now here comes the tough part. In anticipation of such an encounter, we asked the locals what you do with a
close encounter of this type. Now this is a solo bear, and not one with cubs. Those with cubs you handle differently.
And we have had the momma with cubs episodes also. The locals said if this happens you have to be the aggressor.
The hair is still up on the back of my neck, and I'm thinking be the aggressor, ok, nothing else I can think of right now.
Remember I'm on a 16.3 hd horse and this bear is bigger than we are. So, I turn my horses toward the bear and ask him
to take a couple of steps toward the bear, and I can just hear him thinking "are you sure you want to do this?"
He takes the steps toward the griz and the bear gets down and walks up the mountain. Now who trained who here.
And that is not the end of this story.
We go a short distance down the trail and come up a solo hiker. No gun, no maze, no nothing except he is white
as a sheet, and I'm sure he needs his diaper changed. As it turns out there were two bears at that location,
one on each side of the trail. He said he was sure he was done for. He got down on all fours crawled a short
distance, took a picture and headed down the trail.
We had not gone very far and the wife said "he is trying to catch us". Sure enough he is running full bore
down the trail to catch us. And he says " I'm not going to let the cavalry out of my sight until we get off
of this mountain"
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 03-04-2011 at 05:43 PM.