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Old 01-03-2010, 03:00 AM   #57
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After it was all over and I was breathing normally again, I asked my friend, "What would YOU have done?" First thing out of his mouth was, "Where was your fire extinguisher?"
I had three of them in the trailer, but for some reason, the synapse never fired in my brain....
Just some more good news, not that you're situation has been experienced by any of us. You are still with us, and have immeasurably helped in protecting against others being unawares of DE BEARS!!

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Old 01-04-2010, 08:56 AM   #58
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OK ... I can just see me trying to pee around my entire trailer, men seem to have it a lot easier in that department. How often do you have to do the pee dance? Every night?
. . . I think that would draw way too much attention from any other camper in the area ... but you could twiddle in a jar or can (inside your coach), go out side and tricked a little on the ground across the width of each window, and it should be adequate (obviously the more, the stronger the smell). You would only have to do it once in a 4-5 day period - more often if it makes you feel more secure. I would also make sure that you refrain from consuming too much sugar a day or two before this little exercise, as the sugar in you pee may minimize the effectiveness of this exercise, depending on the bear, its hunger level, time of year, etc.

The thing you have to remember is that 99.99 percent of the time, the animal is in survival mode, not looking for a fight!

Take away the elements that provide the animal its survival, add a threat (the pee), and unless the bear has a mental problem (which is doubtful, given it has been able to survive this long on its own), it will leave.

If you are still dealing with a lingering fear factor, you can always place an electric fence (http://www.udap.com/bearshock.htmhttp://www.electrobearguard.com/ ) around your rig. See http://www.wildlifenews.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlife_news.view_article&articles _id=174 for more info on bear fences. Backpackers in Alaska use them . . .
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:10 AM   #59
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Carol, get urine samples from all the men and use that. Wear your nurse's uniform and tell them it's a state requirement.

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Old 01-04-2010, 11:57 AM   #60
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That was fun to read...
Lots of good tips too!

Fire exting/Air Horn/HD pepper spray...
Good to know, and good to remember not to take walks at night in these areas.

Maybe he was just looking for a friend ?
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:29 AM   #61
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Gene, you're up next for the urine sample. Well we are out of sample bottles, but that's all right, I have a catheter here

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Are you ready? I found a photo from the morning after the bear came. This is where he bashed the screen in on me....
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:32 PM   #62
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Carol, I'll mail it in.

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Old 01-05-2010, 01:40 PM   #63
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Carol, I see the muddy bear paw prints on the window!

on a side note: are your cabs blue?
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:47 AM   #64
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Cabs?

Does that mean cabinets? If so, yes.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:10 PM   #65
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No bear,just a snake !
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Carol....wonderful recall! Just happy I didn't experience it first hand! Hope all is well...awaiting your email!
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:43 AM   #67
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Hi SilverPal,

I forgot why I was going to email you.
Do you remember? Let me know, then I will write myself a note to do it......

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No bear,just a snake !
I had one of those moments when we lived in Florida with a snake.
I walked into the shop, and there was either a coral snake, or king snake. Coral snakes are deadly, king snakes not, and the visual difference is in the order of the stripes on their body. I couldn't remember which was which, so I (of course) left the snake alone, and went to find somebody that might know. I found the service manager, and asked him to come look at something. He arrived, took one look at the snake, and started running in circles, screaming like a little girl...My hero...
I ended up cutting off its head with a shovel, and throwing the two pieces in a dumpster. Never did find out if it was a coral snake or king snake...
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:04 AM   #69
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Here's proof of incurable Aluminitis:
One of the first thoughts to cross my mind when reading the beginning of the original story was,

"Thank god it's a '65 and not a '66! Damn bear would've broke every last Corning window he could find!"
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:07 PM   #70
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Big foot

I found some more photos of my friend the bear. Unfortunately not of him. Just his footprint. It was up at the lake where I went after he decided to visit my trailer. I somehow knew he would still be lurking around, but whoever believes me....? I was trying to put my foot next to it so you could see the size. Just believe this, HE WAS BIG! Even if I don't have a picture of him. One day I bet I see him again somewhere, I will try to get a shot of him then. Luckily my trailer is not up there anymore, it is in my backyard, but we better be careful. You never know who is reading this.....Just a minute, I will go look for the photo of the footprint. I'll be back in a minute. HERE IT IS!
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