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    Default Hazel Creek Bear Attack Update

    Sad news about the bear attack last year. It appears the bear did kill the hiker. Sorry I can't get a link to post, i"ll try later.
    Last edited by flyman; 08-19-2021 at 10:54 PM. Reason: Genetics have been cruel to me
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    I tried to attach it as well and it would not go through.

    This board has quite a few limitations and this must be one of them along with not being able to PM a member.

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    yeah, i'm unable to get anything to work on the tailwaters section.

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    It was a gruesome death. I use to think of bears as just a nuisance like coons and skunks, not anymore. The frequency of the attacks and the type of attacks are no longer just a nuisance. I'm beginning to think there may be too many bears and not enough food, The frequency of human contact seems to have caused bears to loose fear of humans. Curious what the experts think. I use to see bears every once in a while, now some times I see multiply bears on every trip.
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    Another factor could be too many people are having direct contact with the bears as in feeding them and thus doing away with their natural fear of humans. It also associates humans with food.

    To a degree I fault the media and social media posters who post about their close contact with bears and the media runs news stories about the "cute and cuddly" bears and their cubs. Both parties are making them out to be animals like in a petting zoo.
    Last edited by JayR; 08-31-2021 at 05:26 AM.

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    You make some good points Jay. I have personally seen people who should know better feeding bears at backcountry sites at Hazel and Deep Creeks. I think bears are getting in trouble in communities that surround the park to.
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    Some friends and I put in on Hazel the week after this happened last year. This year we are going in on the one year anniversary. (Accidental as we were going to BWCA but had to cancel due to the fires.). We keep a clean camp and would never feed them. That said it is kind of a weird feeling knowing what happened. Iíll post a report when we return.

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    You are way ahead of the game if you keep a clean camp. Numbers usually mean less trouble to. Have fun, hope you catch a bunch of fish.
    Last edited by flyman; 09-06-2021 at 06:12 AM. Reason: 42
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    Yeah, definitely let us know how you do! I posted a story on here several years ago, I ran into a sow with 2 cubs, in the river flipping rocks hunting. I slid out of the Rhodo thicket completely blind to them, but had heard the rocks clacking as I slid down the hillside. Very scary! I was close enough to hear mom grunting at the little ones, and she did that front bounce on both feet at me. I never want to be in that situation again, very fortunate!!
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