Wow, have encountered my first bear this evening! 

Sept. 16/2013, Monday night, was out walking down the street at approx. 8:45 p.m.; rounded a curve on the sidewalk and then noticed way ahead of me in the darkness a round form coming and thought at first it was a big dog, but then it seemed too low and rounded out. It was rambling along the sidewalk and straight in my direction! I stopped and froze, stared right at him/her. I think it was about 2 yrs old, not really big or anything. The bear stopped cold, noticed me, stared, then decided to head sideways off into the nearby bushy park next to a parking lot of cars in the area where I live. So the bear went his way and I went on, making a shortcut off the sidewalk and through a residential area to be near a house or two.

We do have deer around too, they come out at night to feed and just love the flower beds and bushes around here.

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Comment by goldie080 on October 13, 2013 at 11:13pm

OCT 2013. This is just some useful info from the weather network dot com, about bears:

What to do if you encounter a bear 

Encountering bears is not as rare as one might think and it's always important to be prepared and know what to do. 

  • Never feed or approach bears. When bears begin to associate food with humans, they lose their natural fear of humans. 
  • Always look ahead when in the woods to see if you spot any wild animals. Try not to be quiet when walking around the wilderness. It's possible you could walk close to a bear and end up surprising it. 
  • Make sure to never walk toward dead animals. Bears are scavengers and can often approach carcasses. Keep an eye out for crows or ravens! That might be a clue that there is a dead animal nearby.
  • It's important to remember that despite their bulky size, bears are very agile animals. They can be as fast as horse uphill or downhill. They are also strong swimmers and have great eyesight. 
  • If it is standing up, that means its trying to identify you. Talk slowly and move away, keeping an eye on the animal. If a bear is running toward you, do not play dead. Instead try to escape to a secure place like a car. If you have no other options trying to intimidate the bear with weapons such as branches.


Comment by Linda Seccaspina on September 17, 2013 at 12:57pm

I am glad to hear it is down as that means they are finding food.. and yes I guess a surprise attack with a camera would not have been the best..:)

Comment by goldie080 on September 17, 2013 at 12:14pm

It was a bit too dark for photos. Heard on the news this morning about reports on bears, there were around 3,000 reported sightings last year and, surprise, it's down to 600 this year. This is their time to 'stock up' on feeding before hibernating. Small town Gibsons is near the base of Mt. Elphistone and really it's rainforest area.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on September 17, 2013 at 7:34am

I would love to see a picture!! :)


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