Dealing with Grizzlies: Federal Plan Near Me Sparks Concern

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    Encountering a grizzly bear can be a serious and potentially dangerous situation. It's important to be well-prepared and informed on how to handle such encounters. Make sure to carry bear spray, make noise while hiking to avoid surprising bears, and know how to react if you do come across one. It's also a good idea to educate yourself on bear behavior and how to properly store food to avoid attracting them to your area. Stay safe and be cautious in grizzly country! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • John's avatar

    Oh god! I do hope you obtain a large caliber deterrent and/or bear spray!

  • Austin's avatar

    @John I'll be getting bear spray for sure. Maybe a 10mm is in my future.

  • John's avatar

    @Austin I have a G20 in 10mm for my backcountry hunting. Love it with defense loads!

  • Kyle's avatar

    Or go whole hog with a .454. It's a beast! Good luck out there...

  • Aaron's avatar

    I worked in Alaska for a while. Ima tell you…. Those things are terrifying. F Those things, and all the big cats. Let them go extinct.

  • Wes's avatar

    Many encounters with them. I’m still here. Thousands of Alaskans live in close proximity everyday with very few dangerous encounters.

  • Chris's avatar

    I have a S&W 329 PD 44 mag. 25 oz revolver. Forget it’s there. Loaded with hardcast lead SWC.

  • Lisa's avatar

    Get "bear aware." 🫣 They 🐻 were the reasons I slowly stopped wandering around in the deep Montana wilderness. My fear ruled.
    I had no gun and only bear spray...and that was S T U P I D!!!
    Eventually I stopped going out so far...too much scat seen.
    These guys commenting are wise

  • Wes's avatar

    That’s me and Jake. He was a#1000 plus Kodiak brown bear. Just be aware of your surroundings and keep asking questions.

  • Lisa's avatar

    @Wes Is Jake caged in? I wonder what one without any restrictions would do that close. 😜

  • Ryan's avatar

    Pack bear spray and a pistol. I’ve heard of them crawling up to tree stand an archery hunter was in. He unloaded the bear spray and the bear kept coming. The pistol was used then. In Montana we have a lot of grizzlies coming out of Yellowstone and I think they are more aggressive here than Alaska/BC because of food. I think there is more food available along the coast. What people get away with in Alaska they can’t seem to here. Also as of present we can’t hunt grizzly in Montana. Hopefully that changes.

  • Ryan's avatar

    Also they’re quick. FWP had a video out on how fast they charge up on you from behind. You have a chance for about one shot in that case. A few years back in Montana we had a hunter killed by a grizzly on an open hill while the hunter was gutting/quartering an animal he harvested. He was alone. Hunting with a buddy helps.

  • Wes's avatar

    No disrespect to anyone here but do your research and ask multiple experienced bear people. I almost always carried a sidearm guiding fisherman. Carry a powerful caliber that your not afraid of and can handle & shoot proficiently. Truth is if your being charged you probably won’t have time and if you do. Stand your ground till that last second and make that one shot count.

  • Chris's avatar

    @Wes I with you there Wes

  • Tyler's avatar

    I have no experience with grizzlies but I have heard from people that do that a grizzly in locations like Montana they are more dangerous because they are not hunted so they don’t have a fear of human but in places like Alaska where they are hunted they are less dangerous because of that fear

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