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Dutchman
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  9:55:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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So Bruce if you see a bear cub in the back yard climbing a tree is not a good escape route.


...and I know that I can't out run them, so my options are very limited.

Nice pictures, John.


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bpate
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  10:59:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John, They are some great looking animals and the eagle is a beauty.

Here is a native Australian bird feeding on our office balcony. It is called a 'Major Mitchell'.




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Dutchman
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  09:19:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We had another bruin visiting today. When Bonnie first saw him, he was up the tree, out on a limb, grabbing the rope that holds the bird feeders up off the ground. How is that for problem solving. When he saw me with the camera, he started down the tree. Having seen how fast he barreled down the back yard, I can say that you would never be able to out run one.



Bruce

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Cigarguy
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  09:22:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bruce - you don't need to out run the bear - only the other person who is with you! <grin>

Mike
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Dutchman
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  09:42:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,
The only problem is that I'm usually out in the yard by myself.


Bruce

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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  10:36:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit MikeC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you ringed the tree with some barbed wire.....

One of the official state symbols of Missouri - it's even on the state flag - is the so-called Missouri brown bear. I don't know why. I've lived in Missouri all my life and have never seen a bear. In all the years I've been coming here to the Ozarks (43 now), I've never met anyone who has seen a bear. Maybe we should make ghosts a state symbol also....



Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


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Bbags
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  11:15:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
See the bear come down the tree.
See Bruce run
Run Bruce Run!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On a serious note any time there is a bear sighting in Alaska which is close to a civilised area the local paper and the TV stations make mention of this fact.
Bears and people do not mix well and if you think a bear is a cuddly creature that can not get out of its own way then you are in for a real shock when you meet one face to face.



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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  11:22:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hear what your saying Mike... try finding a Wolverine in Michigan (and I don't mean a college student!).

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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  2:21:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Thorn Creek and Western's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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The only problem is that I'm usually out in the yard by myself.


Hey, Bruce, I've been meaning to ask you-- what IS the recommended strategy when you find yourself face-to-face with a bear?

(Are you going to join us to visit Ira on the fifth?)
-Dave


-Dave

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Dutchman
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Hey, Bruce, I've been meaning to ask you-- what IS the recommended strategy when you find yourself face-to-face with a bear?



Dave,
"They" say to make yourself look as large as you can (in a non-threatening way), and slowly back away from the bear. I wonder if "they" have ever tried it?

John,
When the bear saw me, he started down the tree immediately, and I got back in the house even faster.


Bruce

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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  2:36:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Thorn Creek and Western's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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[brDave,
"They" say to make yourself look as large as you can (in a non-threatening way), and slowly back away from the bear. I wonder if "they" have ever tried it?


Does making myself look fat count?


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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Dutchman
[brDave,
"They" say to make yourself look as large as you can (in a non-threatening way), and slowly back away from the bear. I wonder if "they" have ever tried it?


Does making myself look fat count?



Fat? As in tender and juicy, like a well-marbled steak?



Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


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anbhurst
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  5:06:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bruce,

I thought that squirrels were the only animals that pounce on the bird feeders!

quote:
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We had another bruin visiting today. . .he was up the tree, out on a limb, grabbing the rope that holds the bird feeders up off the ground. How is that for problem solving. . .


Allen
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  09:51:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Had a few visitors stop by yesterday. The little buck is guarding his herd.
Bruce, they are not as exciting as the bear, but you can eat them, instead of vice versa.

Jim






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Dutchman
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  10:17:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim,
In our western travels, I have been very impressed with quantity of antelope that we have seen. They seem to be thriving (as are our bears).


Bruce

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