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Hypothetical Situation

OK, so I'm thinking this morning (which in and of itself are pretty amazing) about my upcoming elk hunt and a good hypothetical popped in my head:

You're hunting by yourself (not suggesting it, but important to my story). You shot an elk. You field-dressed the elk. You are making trips to get all the pieces/parts back to your vehicle, which is parked well off the center-line of the highway/road (necessary to establish legal shooting area relative to roads for my story). While you are away from you vehicle on another trip, a bear shows up and decides he wants to have lunch in the bed of your truck. Do you: A.) Let the bear have his way with your hard-earned quarry, B.) Try to shoo the bear away, C.) Shoot the bear?

Now for the fun little twist: You have a bear tag.

Is this baiting, is it a nuisance bear situation (for those of us in Colorado)?

Just curious as to what your thoughts would be on this.

I'll put this on the bear forum as well.

Kupe

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I believe I would try spooking or scaring the bear away, maybe fire a few shots off, wouldn't feel it would be very sporting or ? to harvest do to the situation.

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First of all if you shoot the bear then there's no telling which way the bullet would ricochet and knowing my luck it would go through the bed and into the fuel tank causing the truck to explode. Then about that time someone from PETA would drive by in time to see the bear running off its fur ablaze and I would be arrested for animal cruelty.But then again it is a hypothetical situation. LOL

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I love it when my guys ask hypothetical questions...they're fun to answer. I'd use a teleporter to teleport the bear to PETA HQ.

Seriously: It sounds like a nuisance bear incident to me, though I don't know what the law you seem to be referring to says.

If it was me...First I'd try and scare it away. If that didn't work and I could do so without damaging my truck I'd shoot it and tag it. Then I'd take all kinds of pictures of it's claw marks on the vehicle, bites from the elk, tracks etc etc to prove my story in case somebody did come along, see me and complain.

Either way, I'd go home thankful that I was able to walk away unscathed after suprising a feeding bear at a kill.

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Ha! Fun stuff. Teleporting definitely has its merits and burning fuel tanks are just plain bad news.

So I would:

D.) Trap (you hypothetically have tranquilizer darts right?) and transfer to a Boulder neighborhood. Bonus points if you deliver direct to Pearl Street.

Think about it. This cute bundle 'O bear clearly is seeking out human companionship by hopping in your truck, why not give him what his heart desires, a whole town of people that will love him back and appreciate him for the bear he is. In a city like Boulder a bear with drive could work himself all the way up to mayor and we know a black bear as mayor would definitely find Jon Benet's killer.

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Hmmm. I'm not a lawyer, but I'd be concerned about the degree of liability you'd incur when the bear that you hopped up on drugs and set on fire ignites a home in a posh boulder suburb while looking for Jon Benet's killer.

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Good point, Ex.

While my last post was just a joke, I have to say that Boulder really isn't that bad of a town. I worked there for several years and by and large it is ok. Hey it even made a Garth Brooks song once....

I still slam Boulder every once in awhile though, because inevitably if a nutty state policy is proposed (or worse passed) it seems to have its origination in Boulder.

If I was faced with that hypothetical situation, I would mostly like try to shoo it away, with one hand firmly on a rifle with the safety off. Like everybody else has said though, I'd definitely get some pictures. :smile:

Saskie, about the nuisance policy. There was a thread in the rocky mtn forum awhile back, it is linked here.

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well since you got a tag, shoot the bear, and hope he doesn't jump out of the truck so you don't have to load him up!! lol

I have no Idea what I would do. probably try to scare it off.

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Definitely Shoot the bear. It's a double whammy. And you don't have to lug him to your pickup. He drops dead in the bed. HA

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Toss a PITA nut at him so he'll leave your elk alone. lol

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Shot the bear, you fill the tag, and you rid the area of a nuisance animal at the same time, as a bear that is that bold needs dealed with.

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