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Re: [at-l] BEAR ALERT
- Subject: Re: [at-l] BEAR ALERT
- From: WHHAWKINS@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:24:42 EST
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>
Department of Fish and Game — ADF&G Ho...</A>
In a message dated 03/31/2000 12:19:26 PM EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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