Ed Belote wrote:
Mike Barkley wrote:So ... if one is stuck between a mamma bear & her cub but gradually backing out & being nice doesn't go as planned ... what should plan B involve? Certain death?
Mamma bear would never be so clumsy to cross your path with her cubs, she always knows ecactly where you are and realizes that you are only a potential danger since you are far enough away. It is only your lack of awareness that causes you to walk into that situation. Gradually backing out only works in churches and dive bars.
Here is a video of a guy who was about 200 yards from momma
black edit: grizzly
bear and her cubs when she saw him, she charged him at full speed, attacked him twice, and then wandered off. He survived (adrenaline is a heckova drug!) and then filmed this video before driving to the hospital, perhaps as video evidence in case he didn't make it (graphic, there is blood):
So while we would prefer an ideal world where we can feel safe and assume certain animals will leave us be, it would be very wise to be prepared as your life or the life of those with you, may depend on it.
When I was little, say 6-7, we'd visit my dad's family in Kentucky, back in the "holler" (funny enough, Google maps actually lists the location as the family hollow), and we would carry a 20 guage shotgun in case of dogs or venomous snakes as we walked from one property to the next. It was a tool, and we didn't even think of it as odd. These days my dad and relatives up on that property are always carrying a sidearm due to the meth heads, that are always looking to rob people.
One of my hopes of growing the osage orange hedge around my 20 acres is to remove the need to carry a sidearm while walking around the property, as the chance of encountering a bear, feral dog, or large cat is a lot lower with a tall thorny hedge surrounding you.