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Old September 19, 2018, 08:20   #1
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A backyard visitor

This little guy dropped in thinking our chickens looked delicious. The hot wire around the chicken coop dissuaded him but he hung in the backyard until I pelted him in the face with an airsoft gun a bunch of times (we live in the city limits so discharging my FAL at him would be a big no-no and the neighbors are waaay too close).

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Old September 19, 2018, 08:24   #2
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Well, I don't have bears but I do have armadillos, possums and bunnies and the bunnies are pretty scary sometimes!
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Old September 19, 2018, 08:28   #3
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Well, I don't have bears but I do have armadillos, possums and bunnies and the bunnies are pretty scary sometimes!
Have to watch out for those killer bunnies!

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Old September 19, 2018, 09:32   #4
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That is not a small bear.
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I was 5 years old, and in the company of other 5 year olds when we ran into a bear. We lit out on our bikes at light speed. Bear was stalking the cows. He was as surprised as us.

I hate bears. It will probably be a bear that gets me.
Sometimes I get chased by bears in my dreams, but usually win.............so far.
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Brother is ten years older than me and was logging for a living enough to learn the back roads in the Oregon Coast mountain range. In the 1960s there was so many bear in the woods people hunted them a lot. Brother went to hunting them with dogs and every hunt was a real adventure.

Oregon stopped the hunting of bear with dogs some years ago and the country is filling up with bear again.
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Old September 19, 2018, 10:32   #7
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Paint ball gun would be good. Get some pepper balls.
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Old September 19, 2018, 11:04   #8
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Good looking bear. Too bad he was so close to town though. Nice job at dissuading him from the chicken coop. Hopefully, he wont be back anytime soon.
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A bear like that in Florence?

Must be on his way to the Sea Lion Caves for supper.
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That's one healthy-lookin' ursid. Time to evaluate your defenses and deterrents.

I remember bumpin' a very large black bear up in Yoho NP, BC years back. Came around a bend in the trail and he was five yards away in a berry patch. Must have been at least five hundred pounds. Very well-fed. Way bigger than any other black bear I've seen. Good thing for us he decided to move along and not create a ruckus.
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A bear like that in Florence?

Must be on his way to the Sea Lion Caves for supper.
They are getting thick here.....both the bears and the sea lions....would be nice if one would start eating the other. There was a pod of Orcas that came up the river to the 101 bridge late spring or early summer chasing the sea lion pups.
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They are getting thick here.....both the bears and the sea lions....would be nice if one would start eating the other. There was a pod of Orcas that came up the river to the 101 bridge late spring or early summer chasing the sea lion pups.
Dang, I used to hike all over the coast range between Florence and Eugene and nary hide nor hair of bear. I didn't often carry back then, either! Circa: 1987 to 1997.
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TenTea,

that is cool, I love bears....from a distance
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Raccoons around here aren’t quite that big.
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Dang, I used to hike all over the coast range between Florence and Eugene and nary hide nor hair of bear. I didn't often carry back then, either! Circa: 1987 to 1997.
Like Jim stated above, they stopped dog hunting for bear and cougar in OR some time back. The population of both have exploded and they have lost their fear of man.


Last spring there were a mother and three cubs put down by ODFW in town here. The cubs were quite young and we would see them near the hospital scrounging for food. They were living in someone's backyard gazebo and they started acting aggressive (10 to 1 the morons were feeding them).
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Like Jim stated above, they stopped dog hunting for bear and cougar in OR some time back. The population of both have exploded and they have lost their fear of man.


Last spring there were a mother and three cubs put down by ODFW in town here. The cubs were quite young and we would see them near the hospital scrounging for food. They were living in someone's backyard gazebo and they started acting aggressive (10 to 1 the morons were feeding them).
That is unreal. Whodathunk in Florence? Be careful out there.
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Oregon Coast range steep with deep canyons and full of vegetation that makes it near impossible to hunt in many area. Black bear out here root like hogs but when you have too many they come close to civilization to eat. Used to be the population was better controlled but the do gooders while decided hunting with dogs wasn't right but none of them ever went out in the woods to see you needed dogs to hunt.

Went on many bear hunts as a young man, steep and deep canyons full of tangle foot and stinging nettles and every kind of bug that stings or bites. Yes it was fun.
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