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Re: RE: [ft-l] Yellowstone & Bears
- Subject: Re: RE: [ft-l] Yellowstone & Bears
- Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 12:35:20 EDT
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Jon Phipps, my signicant other, has hiked the PCT and the AT and has had
plenty of bear sightings, but no close encounters. He's off for a month
doing AT maintenance with the Konnorock Krew, but I know he'd tell you to go
for it in California. Every bear he saw (8 along the PCT) hightailed it away
from him. (And I hate to say it, but he hikes alone and always slept with
his food in his tent. The only protective thing he was doing had more to do
with scheduling than concern about bears. He'd get hungry about 6:00, so
he'd cook dinner then. After dinner, he'd hike on for another couple of
hours before he made camp at last light (gets dark late in northern
California in the summer).
I'd have no great worries about AT or PCT bears, but I do know that several
generations of bears in Yosemite and Yellowstone lived out of garbage dumps
and have gotten both used to humans and agressive. Last summer in Yosemite
my brother saw a car that a bear had ripped open.
I vactioned in Wyoming in the 70's when the park service summarily bulldozed
dirt over all the open garbage dumps. The bears, used to eating from the
dumps, turned to the campgrounds and the backpackers and campers and their
food. The rangers out there tell crazy stories about Yellowstone visitors
feeding bears to this day.
The more I think about it, the more I think I'll do my backpacking away from
Yellowstone. The scenery along the Greys is spectacular, and the bears
aren't so used to humans.
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