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Biking in Bear Country

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Biking in Bear Country

Does anyone have experince biking in bear country - especially grizzley bear?  What do I do if I'm riding?  Camping in remote places.  Going up to Yukon on bike.  Help!  Want to go but a little freaked out.

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Denise

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Biking in Bear Country

I camped  Alaska 45 years ago on the edge of a very remote small town, not too far from the  town's dump, by myself. The bears were probably more interested in the dump than I. Nevertheless, I was told NOT to go if I had my period because they were attracted to the smell of blood for something like a mile. My girlfriend stayed in a cabin with her period and a bear did (coincidentally?) try to get in.

I have read and a guy I knew there did this... If you are close to the bear, you should talk softly and the bear will leave. That is what my friend did and it worked. 

And then I saw a Go pro vid of a guy on a bike being chased by a bear.If I were far enough away, I would ride fast like he did... But also start softly talking. If close to the bear, they say not to run, but talk. I think this would be too hard to do as your instincts would want to get out of there!!

Sorry, this is all the advice I have. I think sleeping in a tent in the wilderness would be scary to me now as well. Do some Googling and good luck! Let us know what you find and then how it went on this thread!

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Following your bear question/concern.

I am flying to Anchorage on July 16th and then cycling to Fairbanks before turning south/southeast (working my way back down to Washington state). I've also seen many (including Rangers) say that (if the bear notices you) to talk (Hey bear! Go away, bear. I'm not a threat, bear., etc.). I've carried Bear Spray, but have seen reports where the spray had no affect (I think you are suppose to wait until the bear is like 9 feet away, but that would be tough to wait for). Guns (big) seem to work best if the bear is determined to attack, but who carries a 44 on their bike, therefore learning how to play dead properly seems to be VERY important.  I've seen reference to BearBlasters which fires a shotgun style shell (blanks) that make a loud noise that will hopefully encourage the bear to leave the area. In the past I've attached a couple bear bells to my panniers. I pedaled all the way across Canada and never saw a bear (or moose), but not sure if that was why.  I guess a cyclist just has to stay alert to their surroundings, not purposefully pedal in stealth mode (maybe play music?), cook/eat away from your intended campsite and use a bear cannister (and put it somewhere out of reach and away from your campsite).  Actually, these are things I'm telling myself. I'll be following this post to see if anyone might have more suggestions. Your cycling experience makes me feel that you'll rise to the challege--but I definitely understand your concerns.  Best of luck!

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Bears

 

I'm not sure about Canada, but at least around here the brown bears try to avoid people, which they are usually well able to do because of their superior sense of smell and hearing. If you want to help them in that respect, then just make some noise now and then when you are cycling (some people here sing aloud when they walk in forest). Maybe a loud horn (loud like vuvuzela!) in your bike could offer extra assurance?

 

Best,

Antti