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PSA - the bears are out too

March 25, 2020, 8:26 p.m.
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On cypress at least.  Keep an eye out.


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March 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
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Pretty soon theyre going to be moving into the neighbourhoods like they did in I Am Legend

April 30, 2020, 7:21 p.m.
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And today a grizzly was photographed in Whistler Cay. It’s thought that young grizzlies would be passing through town from Callaghan, Sproat side to access the other side of the valley to set up their own territory.

April 30, 2020, 8:31 p.m.
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The cities are healing

July 26, 2020, 8:04 a.m.
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The 10 year old girl bitten by a juvenile bear at Rice lake the other day is bizarre. Glad it wasn't worse. This must be the first time a person has been attacked/injured by a bear on the Northshore?

July 26, 2020, 9:32 a.m.
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BC Conservation Officer Service says the girl, 10, was walking at Rice Lake Park with her family around 3 p.m. when the bear approached them.

“As the family and a bystander tried to scare the bear away, the bear bit the girl,” the conservation service said in a statement on Saturday morning.

Aug. 17, 2020, 5:01 p.m.
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So was just having a chat with someone about the grizzly factor a few days ago in the Chilcotins. Have a friend who was bluff charged near Eldorado cabin a few years back. 

This is the first attack on a rider there I have heard of.... Not too far from Spruce lake...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/man-injured-grizzly-bear-attack-bc-1.5689571

Aug. 17, 2020, 11:57 p.m.
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Posted by: Brocklanders

So was just having a chat with someone about the grizzly factor a few days ago in the Chilcotins. Have a friend who was bluff charged near Eldorado cabin a few years back. 

This is the first attack on a rider there I have heard of.... Not too far from Spruce lake...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/man-injured-grizzly-bear-attack-bc-1.5689571

I just got back from a 4-day self-supported tour on Friday.  I've done 3-4 day tours almost every year since 2014.  This doesn't really surprise me.  There are 200+ Grizzlies in the park and even if you make as much noise as you can, there are so many blind areas.  It was really just a matter of time.  There were also a ton of people in the park this year, or at least way more than I'd seen in the past.  It just seems like a bit of a numbers game.  More people, mean more encounters.  New docks, pit toilets, bear caches, picnic tables, trail work, etc.  My money is on more people visiting the park in the near future.  It's just my two cents, but these things seem a bit counter to keeping a healthy wildlife population.

My group met a hiker while staying at Lorna that had a run-in on Wednesday with a mother and yearling that were hanging around Lorna/Elbow Pass.  She had a surprise encounter and met them at close range while cresting Lorna pass.  She ended up letting out a puff of bear spray to send the bears back over the pass, so she could retreat.  My buddy and I came in Relay and the group ahead of ours saw a grizzly in a meadow about halfway into the Relay trail.  We talked to some people that had seen a grizzly up on Manson Creek trail.  Our group ran into a bear that we spotted early about 100m off, close to the Tyax Bear Paw camp.  We waited him out until he was done eating.  The place is special but it does seem like the park would benefit from fewer visitors.  Would definitely be curious to hear what others think.

Aug. 18, 2020, 9:36 a.m.
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I think many places in BC are suffering from “love me to death” syndrome. Perhaps exacerbated this year due to COVID and less ability to travel. Hiking and biking has become much more popular in the past few years.

Aug. 18, 2020, 10:06 a.m.
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If you go to the Chilcotins in late summer the chances of a grizzly encounter are lower.. The bears head down from the Alpine to the river valleys for the salmon runs. I personally have never seen one up there and would like to keep it that way.

Aug. 18, 2020, 11:25 a.m.
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in the big picture, bear attacks are exceedingly rare. and what HC says as a frequent visitor, you're likely to have an encounter and it's likely to be harmless to all parties. i love the area and wish to spend more time there. however, as mentioned, it's getting ever more popular. it's been 'discovered' and more people from the LM (where most people in BC live) realize it's so close. i'm torn. i can't blame people for wanting to go experience the place. i'm no different. but i am concerned that the mtb hordes (and we are a horde, let's be honest, we go en masse to anyplace that's good, new and cool to ride. as a sport, we've blown up, exploded and we over run places) are going to only continue to come to this park. the fact that a massive business has been created to exploit the opportunity in the Tyax twins, it only stands to reason. 

the grizzly bear situation is interesting. there are a lot of bears in BC, some say the most since pre-European settlement. with no hunting for years, this may be a problem. in the far north the ungulate population is down 70% (yes, 70%!) due to a number of factors (bad freeze thaw winter 5 years ago that had the wolves forming superpacks and slaughtering a huge number of moose and elk) including tremendously successful grizzly predation on moose calves. they follow pregnant moose until they go into labour then pull the birthing calves right out of the cow. 

i was against the grizzly hunt all my life and now that i've spent some time in the far north with conservationists and outfitters alike (mostly they are the same people) i'm not so sure now. it's complicated in a human populated and animal managed landscape.

Aug. 19, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
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I saw more bikes in Goldbridge a few weeks ago than I typically see in Squamish.


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Aug. 20, 2020, 8:24 a.m.
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Size 12 for reference sake. Pretty good sized Merkun bears in these parts, too...

Aug. 20, 2020, 11:57 a.m.
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Posted by: JBV

i(and we are a horde, let's be honest, we go en masse to anyplace that's good, new and cool to ride. as a sport, we've blown up, exploded and we over run places)

Very true. Non-bikers, wilderness advocates etc have noticed, and they're pissed. While issues noted below are south of the border they're instructive to TGWN generally.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/08/18/industrial-recreation-isnt-conservation/

^^^^But I am relieved to hear I had a six figure income!^^^^

A group called the Gallatin Forest Partnership, which boasts of having “collaborated” a deal that defers to interests of both the timber industry and the mountain biking recreation community and industry, has been urging the Forest Service to adopt a Forest Plan that would recommend to Congress to remove the area’s Wilderness protections.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/08/13/yellowstone-imperiled-by-compromise/

Being an almuni of "The Industry",  their meddling really gores my ox.

Aug. 25, 2020, 7:23 p.m.
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This is heartwarming...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/black-bear-killed-poachers-suspected-west-vancouver-1.5699011

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