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Re: [at-l] BEAR ALERT

Some people worry enough without reading BULL S _ _ T like this. This was 
posted before and it is no more true now, then it was then.


***This information is from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's; 
BEAR FACTS: Traveling in Bear Country. (Links and URLs below)**

Bears are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous animals, but 
undue fear of bears can endanger both bears and people. Many bears are 
killed each year by people who are afraid of them. Respecting bears and 
learning proper behavior in their territory will help so that if you 
encounter a bear, neither of you will suffer needlessly from the 

Most bears tend to avoid people. In most cases, if you give a bear the 
opportunity to do the right thing, it will. Many bears live in Alaska 
and many people enjoy the outdoors, but surprisingly few people even see 
bears. Only a tiny percentage of those few are ever threatened by a 
bear. A study by the state epidemiologist showed that during the first 
85 years of this century, only 20 people died in bear attacks in Alaska. 
In the 10 years 1975-85, 19 people in Alaska were killed by dogs. 

rfax.htm">Bear Facts: Traveling in Bear Country</A> 


 <A HREF="http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/adfghome.htm">Alaska 
Department of Fish and Game  ADF&G Ho...</A> 


In a message dated 03/31/2000 12:19:26 PM EDT, johno@mail.monmouth.com writes:

<< In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear
 conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is
 advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra
 precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field.
 "We advise outdoorsmen to wear noisy little bells on
 their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't
 expecting them. & We also advise outdoorsmen to carry
 pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with
 a bear.
 It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs
 of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the
 difference between black bear and grizzly bear manure:
 Black bear manure is smaller and contains lots of berries
 and squirrel fur.
 Grizzly bear manure has little bells in it and smells
 like pepper."
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