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Gil Aegerter

Holy smokes! Well, good for you, and good for the bear. Let's hope that's the closest you come on this trip!

Miguel Arboleda

Boy, all that venison gone to waste! But I'm sure your UL rations taste LOADS better than venison anyway!

Carol Crooker

Holy cow! After reading Herrero's book on Bear Attacks I understand just how lucky (blessed) you guys are! Whew!

Mopah

Will we get GPS coordinates later?

Lucy

Lucky indeed. A good sign for the rest of the trip.

OK guys, now the obvious question: In light of the bear's reluctance to leave its day bed, shouldn't it have been a clue to you (i.e. there's a reason the bear doesn't want to just ramble off) that the clearly prudent thing to do was to go around the area rather than insisting on going thru it? You forced the bear to make a decision between leaving the area and his food and staying to defend both. The bear usually wins in those situations!

Please don't let your intense focus on your need to cover mileage overcome your wisdom and judgement about the powerful forces of the natural system in which you are merely a visitor.

Mule

There is little on earth I've found to be as scary as a griz on it's hind legs in front of me.

- Mule

Kirk

Mopah, probably best not to harangue about priorities with Ryan and company. I don't think you're thinking about this in the right context.
They were already in contact with the bear. The last thing they want to do is start walking away at that point.
What would be your suggestion, given the hindsight that you so conveniently observe?
Had they known that there was a bear there, and had they known that it was chowing on fresh kill, don't you think they would have avoided the situation entirely?
Get a clue dude!
Don't know if Ryan and the others get these comments, but hope all goes well and you're safe. What you're doing is incredibly difficult, exciting (for us) and groundbreaking.

Lucy

Kirk,

It was me, Lucy, who posted that comment---not
Mopah. So, I'm not a "Dude," thank you. And, I'm not unfamiliar with grizzlies either, having spend considerable time in the outback of Montana, the Canadian rockies and Alaska, in prime grizz habitat and with numerous "contact" as you say.

I don't concur with your analysis of not backing off, if noise and other attempts to get the bear mvoing don't work. No, I'm not suggesting turning one's back to the bear and running like a fool.

Rest assured that I have deep respect, regard and awe for what Ryan and his colleagues are doing. I just wanted to remind them from my comfortable chair to stay safe.

Lucy

Al Shaver

I'm with Lucy. If a bear of any color doesn't move away in response to my team making itself unattractive then we slowly back away and detour. Keeping in mind if the bear charges to stop backing, hold our ground and pray it's a false charge (greater than 90%).

Al Shaver

I see the origin of the name confusion. The name within the same section as a comment is actually the author of the previous post.
Al

Kirk

Lucy, apologies for reading it wrong. Thanks for the clarification. All I'm saying is it's one thing to read and think about an encounter after the fact, it's another to be there in the thick of it. Sounds like it all happened very quickly. Yes, backing off would have been better.
:)
K

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