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Hello guys.

Title says it all. Should we be on the lookout for bears while we are fishing? I like fishing but I don't think wrestling a bear would be much fun. Should we keep bear scare on us or just make alot of noise when traversing through the woods?

Back where I grew up the biggest animal was always the raccoon but there are now wolves/coyote mix but they don't bother humans at all.

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Hello guys.

Title says it all. Should we be on the lookout for bears while we are fishing? I like fishing but I don't think wrestling a bear would be much fun. Should we keep bear scare on us or just make alot of noise when traversing through the woods?

Back where I grew up the biggest animal was always the raccoon but there are now wolves/coyote mix but they don't bother humans at all.

Thanks Dave
Yes you should. Bears can be anywhere so


FYI, my uncle and cousin saw a black bears last year when fishing into the Tabuinsintac river which is near to the bartibog area on hw8... I usually do alot of noise but this is just me, but so far it seems to works
I heard that some ppl will also use a small bell or even a whistle
 

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Just go out there, fish to your heart's content and don't listen to this bear crap (but don't step in it LOL). I've been fishing all my life and in ALL of the bear encounters I have had, which are many, including one at a mere 3ft from me last Saturday on the Bartibog, they were even more scared than I was...talk about a 200lbs bear that was bootin' her!!!

Get out there and enjoy the NB woods, I have for the last 35 years and I yet to loose a morcel of flesh!!!
 

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Only thing to be cautious of in my opinion is a horny moose.

On topic - I agree with Bull's Eye, I have only ever experienced or heard of bears running away from people.
 

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Only thing to be cautious of in my opinion is a horny moose.

On topic - I agree with Bull's Eye, I have only ever experienced or heard of bears running away from people.
That I have to agree, having been a mere 10ft from a 1,000lbs rutting bull in 2008 I had to change my shorts!


They are very impressive and if one doesn't know what he/she is doing, you can get yourself in a very dangerous position...bending over is one that comes to mind LOL!!!
 

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Cow moose with calves would be more worrysome than anything I can think of in the woods at this time of year .

I'd be more worried about the no-see-ums and moose flys than a bear if I were you . Got to love the flys , if not for them eveybody would be out in the woods fishing .
 

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Bear warning: we encourage all hikers and outdoorsman to be on the watch for black bears and grizzly bears and to exercise caution around these animals. It is recommended to make some noise while walking, either by talking loud, singing or even wearing little bells on you as a deterrent.

Also, you should know how to identify bear and grizzly excrements. Black bear scat has somewhat of an elongated curly shape, much like a human being, dark brown or black in color, and contains remnants of field berries, apples, leaves and the likes.

Grizzly bear scat is similar shaped, much bigger in size, and contains little bells....

Be safe!

 

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Bear warning: we encourage all hikers and outdoorsman to be on the watch for black bears and grizzly bears and to exercise caution around these animals. It is recommended to make some noise while walking, either by talking loud, singing or even wearing little bells on you as a deterrent.

Also, you should know how to identify bear and grizzly excrements. Black bear scat has somewhat of an elongated curly shape, much like a human being, dark brown or black in color, and contains remnants of field berries, apples, leaves and the likes.

Grizzly bear scat is similar shaped, much bigger in size, and contains little bells....

Be safe!

too funny !!! exercise caution if you step in poop and it rings .. camper ahead was already eaten !
 

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Any time you're in the woods or on a river, you need to be aware that you're in their (animal) territory. More than likely, they'll know you're coming and take off and you'll have never known they were even there. They don't want you near them.
Keep the wind direction in mind too. If you're travelling upstream and/or upwind, they may not be able to smell/hear you coming and if you surprise one, then you could get yourself in some trouble. More so when they have young with them.
If you want a really good resource, check out:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/v-g/oursnoir-blackbear/index.aspx

It's for Kejimkujik National Park here in NS but if you click on the links, it takes you through how to react to a bear encounter and it's better to be educated and never need it than to need it and never be educated.

 

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I'm slightly surprised that a Camgrounds 'warning sign' used the word '****', to describe feces. lol.

Also, "Contains squirrel fur". LOL

But anyhow,

When you are out enjoying the great nature that NB has to offer, and we all love. You must be cautious of bears. Odds are, the bear will be more scared of you, and go the opposite direction of you.

However, Bears are a very real, and very powerful animal. Who, if scared and feel threatened, will attack. I'm not trying to scare any body, but they can be a very dangerous animal. People have been attacked by them before, and will continue to be if not careful.

Please!

A) Make lots of noise when traveling trails, etc.
Camp fires (if permitted and safely done), are a good way to keep bears away while fishing from shore
C) Carry spray. Spray will help deter the bear, if it does try to attack
D) Make your self look big. Stand on your tippy toes and make your arms appear to make your body bigger/wider than it is
E) Whistles or bells are good also. Randomly blow the whistle from time to time, to let animals/bears know something is there.
F) If approached by a bear, DO NOT RUN. Appear bigger. If you make any sudden moves, such as running, the bear may feel threatened and attack. Plus, you can't out run a 300Lb bear anyways. They're quick. Very quick.
G) Do not keep food out in the open, or around your camp site/fishing spot. Bears can smell food from miles away. Especially greasy type foods.

Respect bears, please. And all of nature. Bears are likely to be scared of you, unless they feel threatened. Take these animals seriously, and respect them. Make your self big and loud, if approached. But do not make any quick, sudden movements. A bear may feel threatened.

Have fun and be safe.
 

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I'm slightly surprised that a Camgrounds 'warning sign' used the word '****', to describe feces. lol.

Also, "Contains squirrel fur". LOL

But anyhow,

When you are out enjoying the great nature that NB has to offer, and we all love. You must be cautious of bears. Odds are, the bear will be more scared of you, and go the opposite direction of you.

However, Bears are a very real, and very powerful animal. Who, if scared and feel threatened, will attack. I'm not trying to scare any body, but they can be a very dangerous animal. People have been attacked by them before, and will continue to be if not careful.

Please!

A) Make lots of noise when traveling trails, etc.
Camp fires (if permitted and safely done), are a good way to keep bears away while fishing from shore
C) Carry spray. Spray will help deter the bear, if it does try to attack
D) Make your self look big. Stand on your tippy toes and make your arms appear to make your body bigger/wider than it is
E) Whistles or bells are good also. Randomly blow the whistle from time to time, to let animals/bears know something is there.
F) If approached by a bear, DO NOT RUN. Appear bigger. If you make any sudden moves, such as running, the bear may feel threatened and attack. Plus, you can't out run a 300Lb bear anyways. They're quick. Very quick.
G) Do not keep food out in the open, or around your camp site/fishing spot. Bears can smell food from miles away. Especially greasy type foods.

Respect bears, please. And all of nature. Bears are likely to be scared of you, unless they feel threatened. Take these animals seriously, and respect them. Make your self big and loud, if approached. But do not make any quick, sudden movements. A bear may feel threatened.

Have fun and be safe.
 
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