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    Post The Bears,

    To all of *you planning to head west to Spokane,Washington this July.
    If you are heading to Spokane and have to go through Montana,and Wyoming,Canada,etc, (Wooded parts of the Northwest) BEWARE.
    If you plan on camping in the state parks in these areas.
    DO CHECK WITH PARK RANGERS FIRST!!!
    DO NOT HAVE FOOD ON YOUR SITE!!!
    There are Bears in them there woods that will eat you like a Frito chip! These Bears aren't you're cuddly hugable tedy bears,they are wild animals who can and will feed on human flesh.

    So be careful have fun,ride safe ,and see you at the rally.

    *This does not apply to the Harley Davidson riders as the Bears will keep a distance from those arm pits.

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    Would these be the same bears that Tim Treadwell said were "just big party animals" on Letterman one time?

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    You really don't want to keep things like toothpaste and other highly scented items in your tent. Many western campgrounds will have a "bear box" at the campsite. Keep food and toiletries on these boxes. Bears have been known to rip open cars to get to food inside, so don't be misled into keeping your items in your saddlebag.

    Bears are big, smart and hungry and will find a way to get to the things their terrific nose smells.

    Not sure on the party animal thang and whether they'll take your flask out of your tankbag.

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    Talking damn Bears

    If the beast goes for my Maker's Mark there will be Bear Wrestling at Jellystone!...wait a minute those damn Bears are Huge!
    Ok, I'll share the bottle with Yogi,but not with Boo Boo.

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    In YB speak a certain type of rider is known as a circus bear.

    Fun to watch but don't get close. :yow

    - Rob Nye

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    The grizzly bears out west are wild and ferocious! They will attack at any chance they get! They will sneak into your camp at night and you will never hear them coming. They will tear apart your camp looking for food. If you store your food in on your bike, they will destroy it! The tent won't stop them. The ranger won't stop them. Our Government is turning them loose all over in the Northwest. BE CAREFUL! BE AWARE! A favorite hideout for the "grizz" is Glacier National Park. They will EAT you!

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    Originally posted by Rob Nye
    In YB speak a certain type of rider is known as a circus bear.

    Fun to watch but don't get close. :yow

    - Rob Nye
    "Fun to watch, but potentially deadly."

    You heard it here first....

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    Also wipe your seat down before you turn in. The bears can smell the sweat on it. I have a buddy who was at a campground where the director said that a motorcyclist had his seat torn apart by a bear. The director had started giving towels to bikes coming in just to wipe down seats.

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    What?

    You all don't think you're blowing this out of proportion? If this topic is meant in jest, you're probably scaring some folks.

    Griz are indigenous, not "turned loose." One may be relocated, like when one bothers a horse in the pasture of a residence with the nearest neighbor 2 miles away, that's not really suburbia. Lots of people living "near Griz" have never even seen one. For the most part, griz don't frequent populated areas, they hang in the backcountry and the brush, where they have an instant buffet. If griz is known to be frequenting an area it will be closed and marked.

    I've nearly hit one on more than one occasion when it/they were browsing next to or crossing the road; usually this is in the woods up a gravel road 30 miles from town or along the border of Glacier National Park. There is one section of Hwy 2 that runs along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River that is closed to stopping because the griz feed on the corn spilled near the railroad tracks, which ferments, so they get drunk. Just not the place to stop and picnic, look at the river below, etc.

    If bears are known to frequent a campground it will be designated "hard sided camping only." Food boxes and warnings will be obvious.

    Black bears can be a nuisance and can do property damage.

    It's not Disneyland, the animals are real. That's all there is to it.

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    darn I was just trying to scare some rider babes into my tent,oh well.
    There goes that plan...

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    Re: What?

    Originally posted by Montana
    You all don't think you're blowing this out of proportion..........
    What he said.

    IÔÇÖm no bear expert, but a I did a lot of research on the subject of bear attacks prior to a ride to Glacier National Park where I planned to hike alone in the wilderness. This was three weeks after a guy was killed an eaten in the park by a Female Grizzle and her cubs

    It is just like motorcycling, be smart, be informed.

    Don't approach them or feed them and do a little research about food storage and what to do incase of an encounter. Yur actions may need to be very different in regards to a Brown Bear as opposed to a Black Bear in the very very rare chance of an attack. It also may need to be different in regards to an encounter during the day as opposed to an encounter at night.

    Best advice I received prior to that trip; ÔÇ£If yur scared of bears, stay outta da forestÔÇØ

    BTW I had seen Black Bears many many times prior to the trip. I had never seen a Grizzly. I saw one on the tripWow, Brown Bears (Grizzlys) are huge.
    Last edited by Rad; 02-20-2004 at 05:07 PM.

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    TROLLING FOR GRIZZ

    A favorite pass time for those living in the Northwest is "trolling for grizz". This is a way for your passenger to get some good pictures of a charging bear. The idea works on the same principle of fishing with a bright colored lure.

    Some bears are attracted by slow moving bright colors. They prefer to chase the combination colors of Areostich yellow/gray.
    Travel along a road at about 20 MPH. Grizz can charge at about 30 MPH. When the grizz see the bright colors go by, it will entice him to charge thinking he has an easy morsel. You will know when you need to speed up when your passanger who is taking pictures begins to scream and frantically hit you!

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    tell us the whole story here, tim.

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    A picture of baby Grizz?
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