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[at-l] Re: ATML Grizzlies on Cell Phones.

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>      Having been confronted by a grizzly in the Denali wilderness myself I
> would guess those hikers were lucky.
>       The rangers said my grizzly was young and curious to see what I was.
> said they have bad eyesight and will chase large moving creatures. Your
> couple could have been down wind of the griz and she may have reacted in a
> prey situation thinking the big moving objects were edible. Or she was
> seeing red. Otherwise the mother will charge to disarm any threat to her
> cubs, bear or other.
>      My guess is that certain things are taboo in the animal world and
> avoided by wild animals. A grizzly mother probably has no idea that we
> smell her warning scent or acknowledge her needed space. Two large
> violating this space are probably considered to be doing it intentionally
> the fight is on from that point on.
>    A jogger was mauled to death in Alaska because the griz had killed a
> near the path and was guarding the carcass. An animal would probably have
> know by scent not to have gotten too close. The bear probably assumes we
> and are taking it on in a challenge. They fight us as if we are bears too.
> The fact that we don't flee at animal speed is probably taken as
> as well.
>      The bear is not going to stop to figure it out anyway, since male
> kill unprotected cubs. My guess is that those two would have received a
> mauling in order to head off any threat. Even more so if the mother had to
> work to get up to them and succeeded getting above the ledge. Bears prefer
> mauling the face in order to disarm the adversaries killing weapons of
> teeth and fangs. Drop and put your face to the ground and hands behind
> only when the charge is no longer a bluff. The timing is tricky though,
> because if you drop too early you could keep him coming by submission.
> decided to run.
>      Also: black bears need to consume 20,000 calories a DAY! That is
> to 40 hamburgers washed down with 40 ice cream sodas.
> _______________________________________________

Hi wingfoot

Never knwew thaat you had been in grizzzly contry.  I hope you had   a
wonderful time.   I always do.....

Best Wishes