Another Hiker Killed by Grizzly in Yellowstone Park

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I'm very sad to hear this news, this kind of press just makes films like "The Night of the Grizzlies" run through my head.  I love Grizzly Bears, not up close, but I just love the fact that we have them still around.  Encounters with people are VERY RARE, but the headlines are huge!Grizzly Bear

More worry-some, for me, was to hear that the hiker who was killed was on the Mary Mountain Trail, ALONE AND WITHOUT ANY BEAR SPRAY.  Good grief, the Mary Mountain Trail is located in one of the most active areas of Yellowstone Park for Grizzly Bear activity.

I suppose solitude on the trail is a treasured experience for some people, I personally don't get it.  Never travel alone, but if you do, take precautions and protect yourself please.  When a Grizzly Bear attacks a human, for whatever reason, that Bear is as good as dead as well.

I would like to see Yellowstone Park institute a "group" hike meet up time at trail heads for those people who have the sense to travel together on these wonderful hikes.  Be a little friendly out there and you'll find that most people, foreign or otherwise, will enjoy being in a group.  You don't have to stay too close together, just be in a group.  Who knows, you might meet some like minded people and enjoy the hike even more!  You'll definitely feel safer and be safer.  Groups are so much less likely to have Grizzly Bear problems.

I have been hunting huckleberries in Grizzly Bear country for 40 years and even though Grizzlies love huckleberries, I've NEVER HAD AN ENCOUNTER.  Even with this great record (so far), I still carry bear spray, holler "hey Griz, I'm here" and frequently make some type of noise so I don't surprise a bear.  Lately we've been packing a little heat on the hip as well, at least since the bear population has increased over the years.  I don't plan to ever shot a bear unless it's absolutely necessary, but I'll pull the trigger on my bear spray in a split second.

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Sonja Patterson
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Wanda, I had never heard of bearspray before.  What is in it that deters the bears?

Aug 30, 2011 03:38 PM #1
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Janna Scharf
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Wise advice and yes, tht is a very sad story.  I can't imagine going hiking in bear country alone or unprotected. 

Aug 30, 2011 03:39 PM #2
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Wanda Thomas
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Hi Sonja, bear spray is hot pepper spray, it comes in a big spray can and with a holster you can put right on your belt.  The pepper spray is deployed kinda like a cloud towards an attacking Griz, they hit the spray and really don't like it. 

Don't put bear spray on you and then walk around in the woods, that's more like ringing the dinner bell.

Aug 30, 2011 03:42 PM #3
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Mary Macy
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Keep the Bear Spray handy while gathering huckleberry. Packing some "heat" might be wise, not for the bears but for those "other critters" who might walk the trail on two legs. Bear spray works on them also.

Aug 30, 2011 04:39 PM #4
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Wanda Thomas
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Mary, those other critters have been a problem in the past few years, especially with the price of huckleberries being on the high side.

Aug 31, 2011 12:24 AM #5
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Jason Frey
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Wanda, nicely done post.  I comtemplated doing one on the same topic myself but didn't want to feed into the hysteria.  What people need to recognize is the following, these events are sensationalized in the media because they are so rare!  If you look at the number of bear attacks, especially fatal ones, that happen outside of our National Parks where masses of people unfamiliar with how to conduct themselves in bear country congregate, they are almost non-existant.

Aug 31, 2011 06:29 AM #6
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Wanda Thomas
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You are right Jason, you're way more likely to be run over by a park visitor looking for bear activity than have trouble with a bear.

Aug 31, 2011 10:27 AM #7
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