I live in Alaska. We have a lot of Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, and Polar Bears up here. Well, today I was out hunting Little Brown Bats. I was near Mika Lake, wear a huge colony lives. Out of nowhere came this huge Black Bear! I stayed still and made sure not to look it in the eye. I was so scared because I didn't bring a rifle, only a spear. Then, the bear charged, clawing at me. One of it's claws managed to slice my forehead. Somehow I got my spear up, and into the bear's chest. He was hard to kill. I had to get multiple stiches on my forehead. I know killing a bear is wrong, but it was my only chance to live. We have some pretty aggressive bears up here. I feel really bad about killing it. Trust me, it was my last choice. I would rather do anything than kill an animal. But, it was my life or his. What should I do to avoid another bear attack? Should I get a dog? Please, I need some advice. I must go out to hunt tomorow, early morning. Thank you, Bella Luna
that's a really good question. we have lots of black bears where i live. for one reason or another they seem to enjoy my yard. i do not leave garbage out to attract them but they bring our neighbors garbage into our yard to eat. we have a mom and 3 cubs and 2 large males that frequent our block. they have already destroyed a neighbors shed to get at garbage. today i went hiking with my dog, an anatolian shepherd , my son , our neighbor, her son and their golden retriever. we came upon a black bear mom and 3 cubs. we would never had known she was there had a guy with a telescope not been stopped on the path and looking off into the woods. i have gotten the breed i have in part to protect our home and son from wild animals as we have coyotes also. unfortunately she is so atypical of her breed that i don't think she would do anything. i have thought of getting another from more of a working line as they seem to be more like the breed standard. i have also heard that the karelian bear dog is used alot in alaska for this purpose. i am sorry i don't have a solution for you. i hope someone does cause it would help me out also. also a few dogs came into our work last year that were attacked by bears while the dog was defending the property. so maybe they are a good deterrent if you get the right one.
The Anatolian sounds wonderful. I know someone who is selling two females. They want $250 for both of them. I think I will check into them. Thanks for the advice. Hope everything is going alright with you. Have a nice night. Your new friend, Bella Luna
minniyar where did you hear that dogs attract bears? we have a large problem with bears here in new jersey and all the lectures the fish and game dept. have held about all the do's and dont's with living in bear country not once did i ever hear them talk about dogs. what is it about dogs that attract them? so far any time we have been out with the dogs and have come across bears the bears have gone the other way. is there a website that gives this info? if so could you provide a link please?
For whatever it's worth, Between this and the "artic fox" post, I can't judge whether you are serious. Nevertheless, getting a dog might NOT help your situation. As Min posted, a dog (or dogs) might serve as an attraction to either bears or the elusive artic foxes. If you are stubborn (and you might be - because you are already scheduling another hunting trip) I would suggest getting a dog that has more aggressive characteristics. There are certain breeds that will "guard" you better than others. Look into some of these: Akitas, German Shephard Dogs, Doberman Pinschers. And for this website: www.protectiondogs.com (Do you think they teach the doggies to ward off bears??) :) SIDENOTE: How would Alaskan Malamutes fare in this situation? -- Lou
I remember hearing it and reading it regarding safety in national parks when I was in south dakota, which does have a grizzly population. One of the things the rangers constantly said was if you have a dog you MUST keep it on a leash, no matter how good your voice control is. I totally got the impression that they really prefer you not bring your dog at all. So I guess I was looking at it from that perspective, not from the perspective of living in a home with a fenced yard and a dog in it that might keep bears away. Here's a link http://www.griztrax.net/bearsafe2.html In any case, if Bella is talking truth (Even inuit don't hunt with spears anymore, so I'm a little skeptical I admit), having a dog might actually cause more problems. Who'd keep a dog on a leash when going hunting?
i have researched the whole bears being attracted to dogs thing. on our states fish and game website re: black bears it mentions that black bears are attracted to small farm animals such as goats and sheep and chickens and rabbits as a source of food. it did mention "pets" not just dogs and the only thing it said was if you feed your pets outside then you need to pick up any leftover food and wash their bowls when they are done eating. so it isn't the dog that attracts the bear so much as it is the food that they eat.
minniyar that was a great link. very informative about grizzlies. a little gross though the part about them ingesting used tampons. i am sure glad i don't live in grizzly territory. the black bears can be bad enough but the grizzlies are way more aggressive. i am thinking i don't ever want to find out if a grizzly is just mock charging or not. i can't imagine standing still and having this bear come charging at me. and i can't climb trees so i guess i am screwed either way.
http://www.ckcusa.com/k_breeds/m_karelianbeardog.html I was thinking an akita or a karelian bear dog. Keep in mind that both or these breeds need a strong handler. They will also not be suitable for someone who is not experienced in owning dogs.
I was under the impression that wearing a bell while out in the bush would warn say bears of you approaching, And if you do come into contact with a bear your supposed to make yourself look as large as you can and not back down.????
sue i have been reading a couple of these bear links and it seems there are different rules for how to act depending on which type of bear you encounter. with the black bears you should make your self tall but with a grizzly it is the exact opposite. grizzlies are more aggressive.
We live in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina and although we have lots of bears, I have not personally seen one. We do know there is one that has been spotted roaming up and down our road, however, we have 4 children and 2 dogs. We have never had our garbage gone through or our apple trees picked clean. I do know that what we are told here is if you spot a bear to walk backwards, clapping your hands loudly and shout at the bear. Never turn and run, that causes the bear to give chase. A mother bear with cubs is far more aggressive than one without. We have wild boar, coyotes, fox, elk, bobcats and wild turkeys as well, and the only things that come in our noisy yard are the wild turkeys. I don't think having a dog will attract a bear, however, if you leave the dogs food in a bowl outside, that will attract the bears.
I have 2 Fila Brasileiro. They are a rare breed from Brazil and are used for hunting wild boar and jaguar. They are very protective and have no fear and would definitely try to protect you from a bear. It is a large breed weighing at least 90 lbs and definitely not a breed for a first time dog owner. They bond completely with who over lives in the house and will protect you with everything they have once bonded. You can see pics at http://groups.msn.com/FilaPics/
http://www.predatorconservation.org/predator_info/LWP_Clearinghouse/LWPbearshome-3.html I pasted this link on the Artic Fox thread, but it really applies to this thread. It tells how to avoid bears and what provokes bears.