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I'm always hoping to see a bear and never do. I know the black bears weve hunted in Alaska are very weary I think they hear anything and their gone just to avoid a confrontation with a larger bear. Now a Grizzly's are a different story I think I would carry pepper spray and side arm. Cougars I wouldnt think twice about unless your in a spot that they see humans everyday and even the open space around Boulder doesnt have any problems with cats to speak of. Here's a picture of a cat kill we found in Conifer on new years day. 

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Boy, that cat meant business

Boy, that cat meant business when he buried that deer!  I didn't think they covered them that much, but he sure did.

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That is a cool pic they

That is a cool pic they really try to hide there food don't they Nice looking dogs to

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Thanks for posting the photograph.  That was cool. I've never seen anything like that in person.

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In more than 40 years of working and hunting in bear country (NW Colorado, NW and SW Montana) I have never had any real problems with bears.  Most of the black bears that I've seen ran off as soon as they saw me.  The first grizzly that I saw was feeding by a creek about 50 yds below an old logging road in NW Montana.  I stopped my pickup and watched him for about 10 minutes from inside the truck.  I then got out of the truck and sat on the edge of the road to watch him.  Less than a minute later, his nose went straight up in the air, catching my scent, and he took off running up the hill away from me.

The closest encounter that I've had with a grizzly was one time I was hunting with two friends near West Yellowstone, MT.  We were camped in a tent camper at the end of a logging road.  One of my friends had killed a moose, and the other friend and I had each killed a bull elk.  I had a wooden stock rack in the back of my pickup, and we had all the elk and moose quarters hanging on the sides of the rack.

One night I went out of the tent for a little relief before going to bed.  As I stood on the edge of the road across from our tent, a grizzly standing on top of the cutbank above me started woofing and snapping his teeth at me.  He was at most 30 feet away from me.  He had evidently been attracted to our camp because of the critters we had in the back of my truck.

My first thought was to scare him away, with my Ruger .44 Super Blackhawk that I had on my hip.  Holding a flashlight in my left hand, I drew the .44 and fired a shot over his head.  At 10:30 at night, a shot from a .44 magnum is LOUD and makes a pretty bright flash.  The grizzly wasn't phased at all.  So I shot again, putting the bullet into the trunk of the lodgepole pine tree that he was standing by (I verified the bullet hole the next morning).  Again there was no reaction from the grizzly to the shot.

So I holseted my .44 and picked up a baseball size rock which I threw and hit the bear.  He then ran off into the forest.

There was a couple other hunters camped at the edge of an old clearcut about 1/4 mile from our camp.  They had also killed a bull elk and had it hanging in a tree by their camp.  About 1/2 hour after the grizzly left our camp we heard a Bang....Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang from the direction of that other camp.  And another thirty minutes later, we saw those other hunters driving out.

The next morning, I saddled one of my horses and tracked the grizzly.  His tracks went straight from our camp to the other camp, then as his tracks showed him running from the other camp, there were drops of blood in the snow by his tracks.  I followed his tracks for about a half mile until he went into the next canyon.

We got word out to the Game Warden who showed up the next day.  When I told the Warden that the grizzly had a radio collar and an ear tag, he said it was a problem bear that had been trapped near Cooke City and released near where we were.  I also found out later from the Interagency Grizzly Study Team that this bear had gone several miles to a den, and the team found his collar near his den the next spring.

And then there was the black bear cub that I caught after his mother had attacked a member of a Forest Service trail crew, but that's another story. Big smile

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Good picture, I have found

Good picture, I have found one covered up carcass similar but only with some brush pulled over it. The only other one I have found still had the cat sitting on it. He took off just as we spotted him and even though I checked it again a couple of days later he never came back after we spooked him away.

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I have never had a bad bear

I have never had a bad bear experience, Every bear i have seen has bolted as soon as they have seen or smelt me. The only thing to worry about in coming between a sow and cubs. If you carry bear sray you should be just fine.Of coarse all we have out this way is black bears and there not as agressive as grizzlies. I'm more wooried about the cats in the woods as they can be very sneeky and attack with little to no warning. that a great pic of the lion kill. I still havent come accross a lion kill in the woods atleast not a buried one, and I've spent many days in the woods in the past 25 years.

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I don't have to worry about

I don't have to worry about the bears out here.  For us, it's the mountain lions.

That being said, I really never think about it.  If I do, I just make a little extra noise as I am leaving the woods.

Other than that, the only time I even think about it is when someone in my area posts a trail camera photo or has a sighting of one.  I'll think of it for a day, and then probably forget about it by the next time I am in the woods.


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thanks for the comment i did

thanks for the comment i did get one on my camera that year and he actually came in on the same trail i did 2 hours later and i was hoping he wasn't trying to find me but it sounds like i don't have to worry about that

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