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Jan 20, 2015 01:55 |  #46

True many 'foreigners' fear the bears of the US. We hike frequently in the Great Smoky Mtns NP where there are approx 1500 bears, or 1 per square mile. In the last 3 years we've done 313 miles of the 850 in the park and NEVER seen a bear on the trail ! But there are other obstacles there, this guy had the gall to strike at me for getting too close with my rinky-dink camera. I'd still rather be struck at than sitting on the couch-

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Jan 20, 2015 02:43 |  #47

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Well Jeff, have to be honest here,right? I sure don't run in one spot, if I'm running I'm covering some ground while doing so! I'd try to fill the card but still respect all animals and not push my luck too far. When I have felt the most uncomfortable has been when I've been near other people that clearly don't know much about wild animals and therefor they do not react correctly around them.

I was purchasing some pepper spray one time and while talking to the sales person about which size to buy ,he brought up the fact that if I really wanted to save money that bacon grease worked well too. I asked just how that was supposed to work. He said, "well I saw you are traveling with two other people, just dab a little grease on their shoulder and run faster than they do".
My wife overheard this conversation and apparently didn't think it was as funny as I did. The rest of the day remained quiet, believe me, it is a long way across Montana.:oops:

That s to Funny Craig, sometimes wives don't get our warped sense of humor. I agree I have had people totally put me in danger because they think there at the zoo.


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Jan 20, 2015 07:40 |  #48

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Another from Katmai. Such an amazing place! We sat for about 6 hours and the Bears chose how close to come. Some stayed away, but some came within 20'. I will return someday!

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Katmai is a dream trip that I hope to be able to make one day. Of course, that is one trip my wife has already said that she would not even consider, so it would likely be a solo for me.

Ultimately, this bear approached to about 20 feet before we left.

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Jan 20, 2015 10:48 |  #49

I got this shot during a trip to Yellowstone. I was on the far side of the lake from him but that gave me a little reflection to play with. I have cropped a little but otherwise this is as shot.


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Jan 20, 2015 21:27 |  #50

nice shots - Actually like the fact that you included the ferns and woods to give the shots a feel of the environment




  
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Jan 20, 2015 22:28 |  #51

Shoot while backing away slowly is what I would do.
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Jan 21, 2015 06:43 |  #52

I would probably stay put, but pay attention to the situation. It also depends on how well you know your subject. I haven't been around bears myself, so I would be more Leary if the Cubs got too close to me.


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Jan 21, 2015 15:27 |  #53

Great stuff people, Tim would love a chance to shoot the big bears,..Not till I have a long Lens lol

jasc2103 Thank you

Jeremy you would have had a ball,. I stood in the blueberry field for days feet from sows with cubs, If you respected there space they respected yours and because there were so many bears it had a different feel , like every living thing in the field was ok with what was happening.

KayakPhotos the cubs never were allowed to get very close or the sows would call and they moved to there spot they felt as safe. Food drive all on this planet,.... amazing


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Jan 21, 2015 20:52 |  #54

I guess I'm a lucky one the shadow in the lower left corner is my wife . She would rather go to Yellowstone then any place warm. Plus she is wanting to go to Alaska to photograph bears


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Jan 21, 2015 21:14 |  #55

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I guess I'm a lucky one the shadow in the lower left corner is my wife . She would rather go to Yellowstone then any place warm. Plus she is wanting to go to Alaska to photograph bears

Even I love your Wife, I have one just like her.

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Jan 21, 2015 23:55 |  #56

Not that I ever endorse getting close to bears but this seems like an audience that might be interested. The annual lottery to visit McNeil River State Game Sanctuary in Alaska is open through the end of next month. If you want a good look at some bears it is the best place on earth...just sayin'.

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I love everybody's bear pics. NICE WORK! We need to have more pics of bears on here.

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Jan 22, 2015 07:28 |  #57

Taken by a buddy of mine in Canada.

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Jan 22, 2015 08:05 |  #58

Reminds me of the punchline of an old joke: Lieutenant, my brown pants, please.


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Jan 24, 2015 09:10 |  #59

One more...why not. :)

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Jan 24, 2015 10:09 |  #60

Absolutely why not, Awesome stuff guy's. You got some great stuff of them big bears Craig
That bear holding the camera I posted is the one I fear the most.


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