Not that there are any in CA, but I understand that
grizzly consider bear spray to be a condiment.
--- thomas taylor <tgtaylor7@...
> I second that.
> Most of the JMT is above the tree line. You
> wont even see a bear, much less a mountain lion. In
> fact, I hiked up to Glen Aulin in Yosemite this
> weekend without seeing a single bear. (This is a
> great hike along the beautiful Tuolumne river that
> passes several spectacular waterfalls. (And NO
> The black bear is not aggressive unless, of course,
> you mess with them. Once while day-hiking towards
> mirror lake in the valley, a juvenile bear walked
> across the trail in front of me foraging for food. I
> wanted to get a good photo but every time I started
> pull the trigger, he'd turn his back to me. I kept
> getting closer and closer which pissed him off and
> turned and false-charged me. That's when I got his
> picture with his little beaty eyes looking up
> in the camera. After I got the shot I turned and
> walked about 3 steps away and looked back and he was
> back foraging.
> Forget about the bear spray. Where you will run
> bears is at organized campgrounds. But they'll be
> enough people banging pots, etc, that you can just
> back and enjoy the show.
> With respect to the lions, I carry a knife readily
> accessible in my back pocket in the unlikely chance
> that we cross paths unexpectedly. If the 'charge,'
> won't be a false charge and you'll have to fight
> off. I have never see a lion in Yosemite back
> but I have seen a large lion moving very slow up a
> stream bed near lower Yosemite falls parking lot
> (right off the road by the bridge) early one Sunday
> morning. I was packing a 6x7 medium format camera
> wouldn't be able to get it out of the pack and set
> to get a shot so just contented myself by following
> him up the stream a ways. He didn't even look at me
> just had his mind fixed on something up-stream.
> --- Ed Lulofs <elulofs@...> wrote:
> > Estimated 50,000 bears in the sierras.
> > Maybe 1 or 2 are shot every year because they are
> > aggressive.
> > And that is only because people don't use bear
> > cannisters.
> > You are in much worse and real danger from
> > And the sprays are 2 pounds!
> > Ed
> > > Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 11:21:13 -0700 (PDT)
> > > From: andrew mendyk <andrewmendyk@...>
> > > Subject: bear spray
> > > relatively new to the group here but have been
> > reading
> > > posts from the peanut gallery for a couple of
> > weeks
> > > now. i am hiking the JMT this august, most of
> > > solo, and am wondering if i should bring some
> > > deterent spray. have never had problems with
> > bears in
> > > the encounters i have had. but i have heard
> > the
> > > sierra bears can be aggresive at times. does
> > anybody
> > > in have experience with bear spray or
> > > maybe not with just bear but cougar as well?
> > >
> > > i hate to take the spray, prevention is best,
> > i
> > > also want to return home in one piece.
> Best regards,
> Thomas Taylor
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