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Re: Bear encounters of the third kind, Canada

Theodore Behr ·
This clip is just toooo funny! Wonder who the adguys were for that?
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Re: Polar bears: Hard to live with, hard to escape

DrFumblefinger ·
While they seem cute, polar bears are one of the few animals that actively hunt humans as a food source. They are quite dangerous and very lethal. The Norwegian town reminds me of Churchill, Manitoba, another great place to polar bear watch.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice photos of a fascinating place, Ottoman! I also visited the monument many years ago, and recall what an imposing and striking place it is. I can certainly see the cinematic appeal to Mr. Speilberg, who uses the physical drama of the place so very well in the last half of the movie.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

Travel Luver ·
Wow! An amazingly photogenic place.
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Re: Norway's plea: Please pick up after our bears

GarryRF ·
Did you know that if you felled all the trees in Canada and laid them end to end then .... the Bears would have nowhere to take a dump !!
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Re: Norway's plea: Please pick up after our bears

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: Did you know that if you felled all the trees in Canada and laid them end to end then .... the Bears would have nowhere to take a dump !! Garry -- the bears are smart and would use those millions of trees to build rafts they could float to England, where they could dump often and where ever they wanted!
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Re: Norway's plea: Please pick up after our bears

GarryRF ·
Ahh ! The smell of freedom !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

PHeymont ·
I haven't really "lived" with bears, but I've experienced their resourcefulness, both in campgrounds where we had to store our food up high and away from trees, and at a summer rental. At that house, they kept opening the steel container for the garbage cans. I weighted the lids with stones, and they brushed them aside. I put even larger and heavier rocks on the next time (making it truly inconvenient for me), and they simply pushed over the whole container. My wife wisely advised me to...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Jean ·
Enjoyed your photos Still Country. Brought back many memories. Haven't been lucky enough to see one this year but it is really exciting for me when I see my first bear of the season.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Still Country Photo ·
Hi Mr. Heymont, thanks for your story. Yes, they are strong and it is nearly impossible to stop them from getting in to something that they really want in to. They used to dump our garbage all the time and Dad tried everything but to no avail. Finally, he chained them all together, three big barrels, and that finally stopped the bears from being able to overturn them. They still dug inside and sometimes spread the garbage around a little but it did help a bit. We would also try to burn it...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

DrFumblefinger ·
The black bears in Yosemite NP are among the most aggressive and clever in the world. They've been known to pull down a locked closed car door to get at a picnic hamper or cooler in the back seat. They are amazingly strong -- imagine the power needed to peel a locked steel car door off its hinges. And they share this knowledge from generation to generation! Once a bear has eaten human feed, they are "spoiled" forever and often become more aggressive in their hunt for food and may even need...
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Re: May 1, 2020: Three Black Bear cubs

Marilyn Jones ·
The photo is simply perfection!!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 9, 2015: "Teddy Bear" Cholla

DrFumblefinger ·
  When you see a group of them at a distance in the "Cholla Cactus Garden" (Joshua Tree National Park), they're a memorable site.  With their arms outstretched, these cacti seem rather fuzzy, almost soft, and hence the name "teddy...
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A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

Marilyn Jones ·
  As I left the hotel in Winnipeg I was outfitted in all my brand new cold-weather gear headed for the airport and a two hour flight to the remote village of Churchill.  I prayed my preparation for facing the sub-zero temperatures and brutal...
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Devils Tower National Monument

Ottoman ·
    Devils Tower is an igneous intrusion or laccolith in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) in northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and...
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The Bear Blog

59nationalparks ·
  I had a hunch when Shelly and I were planning our 59 National Park in 59 weeks tour that wildlife would be center stage.  I knew that the buffalo would roam in Yellowstone, that the tropical fish would dance...
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May 1, 2020: Three Black Bear cubs

Chris ·
Chris finds a rare beary tree -- one rich in bear cubs -- in northern Alberta.
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President Obama to Trek Through the Alaskan Wilderness

Travel Rob ·
          President's Obama's Selfie: Instagram During President Obama's trip to Alaska, he will go through the wilderness with TV  reality show survivalist Bear Grylls for a future episode of "Running...
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Norway's plea: Please pick up after our bears

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Brown Bear       Photo: Per Harald Olsen In most countries these days, we're familiar with some form of poo control for pets, most often plastic bags to collect the remains and toss it in the trash. Norway's Nature...
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Polar bears: Hard to live with, hard to escape

PHeymont ·
  If anyone thought that drunken beach revelers or soccer hooligans could make for a bad time on vacation, they may not have considered a town where the neighbors are polar bears.   The town is Ny-Alesund, on Spitsbergen Island, Norway; it's...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 29, 2015: Grizzly Bear, Golden, B.C.

DrFumblefinger ·
    I'd like you to meet Boo, the grizzly bear.  Boo is well known around the Canadian Rocky Mountain region because he lives at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge  and gets lots of visitors.  His home consists of a fenced...
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Berlin's official city bear dies at 34

PHeymont ·
Schnute the bear, who has been the official living representative of the bear that appears in Berlin's coat of arms and all over the city, has died at 34. The female brown bear was euthanized after suffering a series of debilitating illnesses,...
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Where's Smokey the Bear when you need him?

PHeymont ·
That's really gotta hurt and the pain shows on the face of Bavaria's Forestry Minister Helmut Bunner, who thought he was dumping dead ashes in a small forest near his house.   A few hours later, he noticed flames in the area and called fire...
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April 9, 2018: Unbearably Tahoe

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoys chain-saw art and shares some nice examples of bear carvings he came cross while driving around Lake Tahoe
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Grand Opening of Black Bear Diner - Westminster, CO

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her soft opening visit to the new Black Bear Diner in Westminster, CO. She loved the rustic motif and all the cute bear art work inside.
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Happy Birthday! Smokey the Bear Hits 70

PHeymont ·
This summer marks the 70th anniversary of America's possibly best-known public servant: Smokey the Bear. Born as Hot Foot Teddy in 1944, he became Smokey in 1950. Travelers all over have seen his signs, especially when visiting National Parks and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Still Country Photo ·
We used to have Black Bears in our backyard all the time growing up.  They would eat the vegetables out of our garden and turn over our garbage cans.  We didn't go out after dark and had to pay attention to noises in the trees when we were...
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North America, part 1 - Salmon Spawning in Canada

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines's series on Celebrating Nature on Seven Continents continues with stops in North America. The first post highlights salmon spawning in Canada, eh?
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November 2, 2019: Alaskan Brown Bear fishing at Devil's Falls

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoyed watching an Alaskan brown bear fishing beneath the roar of Devil's Falls in Katmai National Park.
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Bear encounters of the third kind, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
An interesting YouTube video about a human/bear encounter in British Colombia.  Some people really know how to market. Shared by our friend, Mac.  Think you'll enjoy it! Check out this link.
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Re: The Bear Blog

59nationalparks ·
I want to clarify a point I made about bear safety. The only time that anyone would want to fight back against a Grizzly Bear is when the bear Is mauling you continuously. Other strategies such as bear spray or rolling use into a ball are appropriate.
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Re: The Bear Blog

DrFumblefinger ·
I really enjoyed this post and your beautiful photos! Makes me want to head into the bush to see if I can see some bears again. I've never seen a photo of a sow bear nursing its cubs, so this is an extemely rare photo! In all my hiking, I've only ever run into 3 black bears on the trail and those were heading away from me, cautiously looking back. That's a good thing. Where you usually spot bears is when you drive. If safe, I love to pull off the road and take a good look, maybe take some...
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PortMoresby ·
After testing my cold tolerance living in Montreal for 2 winters (note how I count the 2 years I lived there), I'm happy to witness your adventure from the comfort of my California home. And a fine adventure it is. Thanks, Marilyn, beautifully done.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PHeymont ·
One of the best things about reading travel blogs is getting a better, perhaps more real, view of things. All my mental images of polar bears are really cartoonish...sitting on sea ice or performing in Coke commercials, etc. To see your pictures of them, and their proximity to human habitation, gives me a different view—at the same time less exotic and more special. Thank you!
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

DrFumblefinger ·
This trip has been on my bucket list for some time. Thanks for providing the vendor, by the way! It's only weather, PortMoresby -- that's what warm clothes are made for. It's a rare opportunity to see these magnificent animals in such numbers, and so very up close. They are massive mammals, males weighing up to 1500 pounds (700 kg). They are also one of the few animals in the world that will actively hunt man for food. Lions are the other species, I believe. I've not been to Churchill, but...
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

My Thatched Hut ·
Great article. Thank you. Churchill is high on my bucket list.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

GarryRF ·
Was there any evidence of Global Warming ? Any anecdotes from the locals? Was there anything you wished you'd taken - but hadn't ? I presume the locals don't travel south that often - or do they ? You're blog gives a fresh insight into the area - very interesting.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PHeymont ·
The National Wildlife Federation article I've linked HERE provides some information on your question, Garry. The sea ice on which polar bears live and hunt a good part of the year has been shrinking rapidly in recent years, leading to loss of habitat, population decline and behavior changes. They are perhaps the species most affected by global climate change.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

DrFumblefinger ·
It is all but impossible to get trustworthy data on this from anyone. On the one hand, the alarmists want us to think the world is ending and the polar bears are at the brink of extinction. On the other, we hear polar bear populations are growing at a robust rate, like in this article in the National Post. On the one hand we hear the ice pack has all but disappeared and on the other we read articles that the Arctic ice pack is showing recovery, but not nearly as well as the Antarctic ice...
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Re: North America, part 1 - Salmon Spawning in Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Seeing bald eagles or grizzly bears in their natural environment is always thrilling! What a great experience. Exactly where did you go for this encounter?
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Re: North America, part 1 - Salmon Spawning in Canada

Travel Rob ·
Kirsten, great piece! I had very similar thoughts when I saw the Salmon swimming upstream in Alaska. While it was truly an amazing sight, the Salmon were so beat up it definitely brought out mixed emotions.
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Re: North America, part 1 - Salmon Spawning in Canada

Kirsten Hines ·
We were traveling by boat along the northwest coast between Bella Bella and Prince Rupert. The company that ran our charter was awesome - Mothership Adventures . I highly recommend them.
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Bear Mountain State Park: Fresh air near the city

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a short drive up the Hudson River for an easy hike at Bear Mountain State Park.
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