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shawnyb32 08-12-2010 09:52 AM

Ran into a bear......literally.
So last Sun. I decide that I was going to do a little bit of fishing. I'm definitely not a morning person so I ended up getting to the water at around 10:30. This was after stopping and picking up some flies at LRO and taking a scenic drive thru the park to Chimneys. As I arrived I headed down the trail which is maybe a couple of hundred yards away from the water. Not a big deal.....I have fished this area several times. After reading a post on here about bears and seeing some pictures I decided that this time down I was going to look for any signs of bears in the area. As I walked down I didn't notice anything unusual. I was now about 20 ft from the water and decided to head down where I usually do. So I get down and notice that this isn't where I usually start fishing. I must not have walked down the trail far enough, because I was to far upstream. So instead of starting their I decided that I would jump back up onto the trail and head downstream and get in where I usually start. So I'm heading up the hill and just about to step on the trail who do I almost run guessed it Mr./Mrs. Black Bear. I mean I was less than 10 ft from this guy or girl. (Lets remember I just moved here from this is only the 3rd time I have even seen a bear). Luckily I was to the side of the bear and it was already running down the trail......don't even think it seen me. However, it made for a shaky day of fishing.

Crockett 08-12-2010 10:01 AM

Pretty cool story! My first one I was that close to was when I was riding my bike through cades cove and pulled up next to a tree where one was at about the same distance away. It was small and didn't pay attention to me. Later I came up to a ranger who had stopped about 40 people on bikes for a bear. I walked up to the front of the group laughing that I had just encountered a bear and they were no problem at all. When I got to the front there was the biggest meanest looking bear I have ever seen could have easily 450+ lbs and it was walking toward us. I nearly wet my pants I think and the hair stood up on the back of my head. Sometimes when I am out in the woods I still think and can see that bear in my head and I sure don't want to run into one like that anywhere by myself. I have seen about 50 since that one and none were even half as big with most being about 200lb range. But just knowing guys like that one are out there gives me great pause as they say.

How was the fishing at that time of day by the way?

tennswede 08-12-2010 06:48 PM

Last year on Abrams I ran in to a bear who was behind a tree. No more than 10 ft from it's face. I stared in it's eyes, and then I instantly swung my wading stick in the ground whilst growling at the beast. It ran fifty yards and turned around and stared at me. I once again swatted my stick and slowly backed up while growling. The bear finally went over the ridge.

I was happily hiking the trail minding my own business. The river was up after a rain and the wind was going the other direction. The bear was behind a tree, probably fixing to climb that tree. It didn't see me or smell me, neither did I see or smell the bear. I hate to think, what could have happened. I can assure you that the deodorant the bear is using is not one of my favorites.

ifish4wildtrout 08-12-2010 08:17 PM

Cool story. That would have scared the heck out of me. :eek:

Rog 1 08-13-2010 08:37 AM

Hans...I have smelled more bears while fishing than I have is a smell that you won't forget...first time I smelled a bear was up above buddy and I were fishing upstream and there was a dry wash off to our left...the bear was parallel to us and we met at the top...don't know who was scared the most...we took off upstream the luckily the bear backtracked down the wash...

pineman19 08-13-2010 09:52 AM

Interesting on the smell of a bear. I have been within 30' of a bear twice in the Park, once on the WPLP, the other on the Greenbrier with Hans. I never smelled anything, but the wind was in the opposite direction both times. As the old saying goes, "you smell like what you eat" :biggrin:

Rog 1 08-13-2010 11:40 AM


Originally Posted by pineman19 (Post 84501)
Interesting on the smell of a bear. I have been within 30' of a bear twice in the Park, once on the WPLP, the other on the Greenbrier with Hans. I never smelled anything, but the wind was in the opposite direction both times. As the old saying goes, "you smell like what you eat" :biggrin:

Neal...if that is the case I don't want anything to do with what most of those bears are eating...think most of the smell is generated when the weather warms up and they like all of us start sweating...I remember one morning my brother and I got up to the old turn around above Elkmont when you could drive up to Fish Camp Prong...thought we would grab a couple of flashlights and get an early start up the trail to Goshen Prong...forded the LR and got back up on the trail and the smell hit us both....couldn't tell where it was coming from so we decided to get off the trail and sit with our backs to a tree until it was light enough to see...only did that once.

BigMax 08-13-2010 11:22 PM

while fishing treemont today around 7:30 i happened to look up and see the largest black bear i have ever seen staring right at me on the other side of the stream...bout 20ft away

scared the heck outa me!

on the drive home my buddies and i got into a discussion as to the hibernation habits of the local black bears. It is warm round these parts so do the bears still hibernate? or are they active year round?

Jim Casada 08-14-2010 06:54 AM

BigMax--They do hibernate, but just sort of; that is to say, they might get up a few times during the winter, unlike the total hibernation practices of bears in colder climates. I believe Mike Pelton, the bear specialist for the Park for years, did extensive studies on this using tracking collars. He may have even done some instructional work tracking bears to their dens.
Jim Casada

Knothead 08-16-2010 04:27 PM

Just don't harm them. They are US Government property. So far, I've never had a close encounter of the third kind with a bear or snakes. From what I see on TV and read in the news, I should be more worried about the people.

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