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from where the anecdotes roam
Aug 21, 2011 - 06:02am PT
wow! i'm impressed that you can spell and punctuate so well, so soon afterward. maybe next time leave out the part about his mom. you are right about the goons feeding them ... send 'em a bill (edit: even if only for the ammo)
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 21, 2011 - 06:35am PT
That's a scary wakeup.
Beautiful bear, gone bad due to the feeders.
Sorry you got your house broken into as a result,
plus the stress of having to take it down as it charged you.

Trad climber
Yosemite, ca
Aug 21, 2011 - 06:40am PT
Crazy! I work with bears here in Yosemite and we had one bear a few weeks ago go from wawona in the park to mammoth where it started breaking into houses there. It is really sad to see a bear killed, and you are right, it is definitely because people leave trash and food out in front of their houses. Bears are attracted to the trash, recycling, and food. The Wawona bear was originally attracted to bird feed.

Amazing photo though. You should frame that sucker!!

Trad climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 07:59am PT
Wow, nice shooting Tex.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Aug 21, 2011 - 08:46am PT
Forget framing the picture... use it to make posters that say "this is how the story REALLY ends when you feed bears" and put them up around town.

Trad climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 09:03am PT
The story DOES make a good PSA on the "fed Bear/Dead Bear" thing. I posted it to my ClimbAddict FBook page as a PSA.

Sorry for the bear's death. Glad nobody else was injured.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 21, 2011 - 09:27am PT
Scary! Had one on our back porch last year. That was FAR too close for comfort. I never want to see one trying to come in. Bleck.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Aug 21, 2011 - 09:32am PT
Hey Cragman, glad you got through the ordeal safely. Sad for the bear, but people feeding wildlife have no clue... idiots, or eejits here in Ireland.

When I was 17 I woke up in Lower Pines campground (in the Valley) next to my high school climbing buddy, and there was this big bear, inches away from me, but just interested in the picnic table (there was no food). That sucker was BIG. I don't like guns but if something like that charged, I'd blast away.

Aug 21, 2011 - 09:38am PT
Breaks my heart to have to kill this thing, but I blame the stinking NUT JOBS that feed these bears!

WOW, it might be some local feeder: but could I also suggest that you folks do some door to door community outreach to make sure that everyone in the vicinity is tossing the trash properly. To a bear, a normal trash can looks a lot like a dinner plate to you and I. Crazy as that sounds not everyone is tuned into this idea. Then you have the folks who start their own little landfills....

Take care!

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Aug 21, 2011 - 10:05am PT
The bear should've just chuckled, high fived you, said "bitchin' pants man" and waddled away.

Glad yer ok.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 10:06am PT
That is going to make a sweet rug!

Also a nice necklace out of the claws. (PM me for instructions.)

If you have a good butcher I recommend salami for the rest of the carcass.

Edit: Dedicated Supertopoian. First thing after shooting bear is post on the forum!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 21, 2011 - 10:20am PT
Wow that is a scary story. Sad for you to have to resort to extreme measures to protect yourself, and sad for the animal.

spud state
Aug 21, 2011 - 10:36am PT
Sad you had to kill the thing. Just wondering what size gun you used? I've worked as a fishing guide in Alaska and anything under a 44 magnum was a joke.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:03am PT
Sorry for your home and the late night awakeing, but you obviously did the right thing. If people had not killed off most of the large predators over the last 100 years I doubt people would be living any many of these beautiful places all over the country as this would happen much more often. I am not a hunter or even own a gun, but feel that it is our history and it will come down to us or them. Either people will protect the places they live or they will have to move out.

Boulder climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:12am PT
It was outside the house but "charged" you?
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:13am PT
And I thought I had problems with deer eating our flowers!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:14am PT
t will come down to us or them

I think we can share and implement some wisdom (not to mention incorporate bear unfriendly structure designs.)

Glad you are OK Cragman. Reminds me of the Groucho Marx line; "This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know."

Those ARE your pajamas aren't they?

Can't believe that where you live you haven't mounted a SureFire light on your primary night defense tool.
You know they make one with an integrated laser now, don't you?
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:22am PT
Nice Marx quote, Ron.
Cragman, glad you and your family are safe - good shooting. It is sad the bear was in that situation. Hope you do get a nice rug and good meat from it.
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:32am PT
bummer cragman,
its the people that are the problem. sending good luck your way.

Trad climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:41am PT
Poor bear.
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