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Bear aware: Tips for hunting-fishing in bear country

A series of columns and letters 16 years ago about hunting and killing a black bear inspired one writer to become an environmental advocate. But lately, the state of the world has caused hers and others to lose some of their enthusiasm. (Metrocreative)
A series of columns and letters 16 years ago about hunting and killing a black bear inspired one writer to become an environmental advocate. But lately, the state of the world has caused hers and others to lose some of their enthusiasm. (Metrocreative)

WILDLIFE — More anglers are heading into the mountains and hunters soon will follow, putting more people out among wildlife, including bears.

The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project offers basic tips to help hunters and anglers avoid attracting bears, which can be dangerous to people if not just destructive to their camping gear.

Worse, a bear that finds value — notably food — in raiding camps or threatening humans almost surely will become a repeat offender that ultimately will have to be killed.

Click “continue reading” to refresh your memory on tips that come from years of case studies:

Hunting and fishing•

  • Follow the guidelines for campers, hikers, and horse packers.  Be alert at all times.
  • If you kill a game animal, immediately field dress the animal and move the carcass at least 100 yards from the gut pile.
  • If you must leave the carcass, hang it (in pieces if necessary) at least 15 feet from the ground.  Leave the carcass where you can see it from a distance.  When you return to the carcass, observe it with binoculars from a distance and make noise as you approach.
  • If a bear has claimed the carcass, leave the area immediately and report the incident to the proper authorities.
  • Don’t leave fish entrails on shorelines of lakes and streams.  Sink entrails deep in water.



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