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Old 01-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #43
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I would like to thank the moderator of this site for not closing this thread. It has been an interesting read. I have wondered about this question since I bought my first RV (airstream) and I value the opinions of the members here. I still have not decided if I will or I won't but I'm closer to feeling good about what decision I make. Thank you all. Steve G
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:52 PM   #44
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I think the mods are OK as long as we treat each other with respect and don't make the thread a soapbox for a greater agenda.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #45
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wooops, quoted the wrong post...was supposed to be on Zlee's post #31. Sorry.
Funny, I sat there and re-read my post 3 times to try and understand your reply. I understand now.......
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:06 PM   #46
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I dunno what it's like in Erie, CO, but the drugged out human is preeeeetty common around Chicago. BUT I AM NOT ARMED in the "Peoples Republic of Chicago" where it is like England and illegal to own or possess a gun of ANY type....even in your home.

The issue with being in the wilderness vs. AS might reverse your own posts. The bears around people are DEFINITELY more unpredictable than the ones which have had little human contact. Many of the stories out of Yellowstone where stupid humans have trained bears to be "assertive" and aggressive by their feeding, etc. Might need to protect yourself in the campground where there are nice smells and food more than in the wilderness. I'd hope the Rangers got that in hand, but.....


My encounter last summer, tracks in the campsite in the morning only, was forewarned. The Ranger, at check in, told us of the bear which was in our route area was well known and only a "nuisance" bear. Who had shown no aggressiveness that summer. Then he followed up with, if you see him would you please stop in and update us on his location and behavior? Not real reassuring that he wasn't unpredictable. I slept right through his visit....but we are very careful to keep a proper and tidy camp too. All food, candy, toothpaste, brushes, medications....everything in airtight "bear barrels". They are pretty much blind but smell at least as well as a dog and some say much better.
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We have crossed the Canada / US border many times with and without a trailer. This past summer was the first time anyone ever wanted to check inside. We were crossing from NB Can into Maine. 2 inspectors on the US side looked inside ( I was not with them) and came out with 2 lemons. Apparently citrus is on the most unwanted list of items coming into the US from Canada. The irony of this is that the lemons had come with us from home ( NJ ). Oh well, they were nice about it and I got a chuckle from it.

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The issue with being in the wilderness vs. AS might reverse your own posts. The bears around people are DEFINITELY more unpredictable than the ones which have had little human contact.
Um, yes. That's what I said.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:00 AM   #49
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Guns are nothing but a tool, whether for hunting or defense, you need to learn how to use them and be comfortable with them. They can hurt you. I was shot (not seriously) by an "unloaded" gun by an idiot that shouldn't have one.

With that said, I am not too afraid of animal attacks. Bears visit our house every summer. You just need to be aware. They can and do break into cars and homes around here every year. I usually yell at them and wave them off, yet I do have a loaded 00 shotgun in the house just in case. This one was just 10 feet from the door. However, after being charged by mother black bear and her cub on the trail in the Tetons this summer, I now carry bear spray.

Yeah, I carry when on the road. I go to places where there is no cell service and no police protection for many miles. You are on your own out there. I hope I never need it and it is a last resort, but it is reassuring to know that I at least have that tool with me if I should ever need it.

I was kidnapped and robbed by four thugs when I was seventeen. I was able to handle it and talk my way out of any serious harm, but don't know if I could do that today. As I get older I don't want to rely solely on my ability to bluff someone with bravado.

I have never had a bad camping experience, but there have been times when I was concerned by the looks and actions of some cruising by when in remote places. Boy Scout rule #1....be prepared.

To each their own.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:07 AM   #50
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Yeah, but, MOJO....that bear is obviously upper class and so much more refined. Just look at the exquisite jewelry!
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:09 AM   #51
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Did he ask for a "picanic basket for Boo Boo?"
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That bear is in the "three strikes" criminal program, hence the locator collar.
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Yon Ursus has that lean and hungry look. . .

(As well thinking to himself, "I'm gonna get a job where I don't have to wear a tie!")
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Mojo, I can relate to what you are saying about being prepared....Don't be caught completely off guard... No your limits...Trust your instints. If you watch the news, and the world we live in today, someone who has nothing, has not worked or saved for their golden aging, wants what we have, without the effort put into working for it. That's what some calls spreading the wealth...I call it stealing !!!
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I think that bear posed for the famous Sasquatch photo down by the river....in the mirror of course. Wonder what he did with the Big Foot suit?
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #56
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That bear is in the "three strikes" criminal program, hence the locator collar.
So there's a dart in the butt in his future?
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