Black Bears

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Just be thankful you don’t live in Australia. Tje ongoing mouse overpopulation boom has caused an incredible uptick in people finding the extremely deadly snakes of that country in their houses. If you don’t read Dave Barry’s Miami Herald blog, you really should. South Florida is having an explosion in human/Python encounters as well. I would much rather encounter a black bear than an Australian Taipan ANY day of the week 😬
 
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Just be thankful you don’t live in Australia. Tje ongoing mouse overpopulation boom has caused an incredible uptick in people finding the extremely deadly snakes of that country in their houses. If you don’t read Dave Barry’s Miami Herald blog, you really should. South Florida is having an explosion in human/Python encounters as well. I would much rather encounter a black bear than an Australian Taipan ANY day of the week 😬
You can get paid fairly well to hunt pythons in Florida. You get bonuses for size and a bug bonus if you find an egg clutch.
 
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I looked up the going rate for python slaying in Florida. It would be enough to keep you in Jorts for sure.



The going rate: $8.65 an hour, with extra bounties depending on the length of the snake. It's an additional $50 for the first 4 feet and $25 for every foot thereafter. Hunters who catch pythons that were guarding eggs can collect an extra $200.Sep 13, 2019
 
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Only reason they are around is because dumb ass humans either feed them or don't know how to secure their garbage cans. Also your friend is a big pussy. They are not about to go after a human. They want easy food.
You must have a different breed of black bear than us. Our place between Walland and Townsend isn’t our home, just a place where we spend the day enjoying the river and nature. We don’t keep food there and every scrap of food or garbage leaves we us every time yet we still have bears visiting. They must not 263F10DD-847D-4788-8BD6-500BB640F87B.jpeg like us being there as one left us this on the deck recently
 
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Lately I keep seeing in the news, videos of bears in Tennessee using jacuzzis, going through trash, etc. Are they becoming more brave or is this normal? Not sure how common it is, I’ve never encountered one.

Since we are so close to the mountains, do any of you have any interesting stories of black bear encounters?
I've never had a problem with black bears, but I'm pretty careful as I'm not interested in a confrontation. Here's my list of close encounters:

1) black bears (mom and cub) came in the front yard and bent over a steel poll with a bird feeder on it. They had a snack and left.. still have the steel poll, just bent it straight and all is ok.
2) neighbor across the street had them go through his garbage cans, when he asked the mayor (who lived next door) what he should do the major said if they come in the backdoor, you go out the front door.
3) started a hike about a mile from the house, came around a corner and their was a very fresh steaming pile of bear doo in the trail. Couldn't have been minutes old. I decided on hiking another day.
4) I was hiking on a trail that was quite away from anything, came to a meadow and saw a mom and two cubs crossing the trail about 50 yards a head of me. Stopped and very slowly retreated they went on and nothing happened.

Of course these are all in the Cascade mountains in Oregon. But thought I'd share.
 
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I've never had a problem with black bears, but I'm pretty careful as I'm not interested in a confrontation. Here's my list of close encounters:

1) black bears (mom and cub) came in the front yard and bent over a steel poll with a bird feeder on it. They had a snack and left.. still have the steel poll, just bent it straight and all is ok.
2) neighbor across the street had them go through his garbage cans, when he asked the mayor (who lived next door) what he should do the major said if they come in the backdoor, you go out the front door.
3) started a hike about a mile from the house, came around a corner and their was a very fresh steaming pile of bear doo in the trail. Couldn't have been minutes old. I decided on hiking another day.
4) I was hiking on a trail that was quite away from anything, came to a meadow and saw a mom and two cubs crossing the trail about 50 yards a head of me. Stopped and very slowly retreated they went on and nothing happened.

Of course these are all in the Cascade mountains in Oregon. But thought I'd share.
No grizzly encounters?
 
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No grizzly encounters?
No Grizzly bears in Oregon. Some in northern Washington. Been followed or watched a couple times by mountain lions and had one amazing encounter with some elk.

I've rowed white water rafts since about 1980 and on one trip my wife and I were rafting/flyfishing a nice river when I heard what sounded like a good sized tree branch breaking off and crashing in the woods near the river. Then 7 Elk, 2 bulls, 3 cows and 2 babies came out of the woods about 100 yards down river from us. So we're floating towards them. The bulls went out in the river, one about 2/3s across the river the other about a 1/3, they both faced upstream towards us like guards. This was time for the old man to do some rowing and stop before we got too close. We managed to rope a rock on one bank. Then the cows escorted the young ones across the river, once they were across the bulls followed and we were back to fishing.
 

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