Where the Bears Roam, Teton Valley Idaho

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with West Group Real Estate

 

We have had some bear sightings this spring and it is important to be “Bear Aware” when you live and play here in Teton Valley Idaho. Here is a recent article from the local news about a grizzly bear that had become a problem to civilized human occupation. Or should I say Humans became a problem to this bear?

black bearsNews Channel 8, bear was euthanized in Teton Valley,

Some things to remember when hiking, riding or biking mountain trails:

·         Make some noise – most bear attacks happen when humans stumble onto a bear that is unaware.

·         Keep your food in a bear proof box and hang it high from a tree when camping.

·         Carry bear spray when you are in known bear country.

·         Don’t leave your gut piles near camp when hunting.

·         Know what your children are doing and where they are.

Be safe and enjoy your adventures. (bear picured is a black bear we photographed in Yellowstone).

 

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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Very good information for people living in or visiting your area. I've lived in bear areas before and it just takes a little common sense. Beautiful area you live, too... we've been to the Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee areas many times.

Gretchen

Apr 23, 2012 04:26 PM #1
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Reba Haas
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Now there is a phrase you don't hear often for those people who work in major city areas - "don't leave your gut piles near camp."  LOL!

It is true though that you have to be "bear aware" and here in WA we have to do similar things when out in our beautiful mountain and foothill areas. Even out on the coast I've run into bear scat near where we camped on beaches because woods were nearby.

Apr 23, 2012 05:07 PM #2
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Joy Daniels
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I did not know there was such a thing as "bear spray". We have a cabin in Westen PA, but I've yet to see a bear, maybe I am lucky. :)
Apr 23, 2012 06:40 PM #3
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Kay Van Kampen
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Harley, we have very few bears in Missouri.  But this is great information for everyone that live near bears. 

Apr 23, 2012 07:23 PM #4
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Joan Whitebook
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We had a baby black bear in our back yard a couple of years ago.  It had been hanging out at the elementary school and all the kids were on lock down until the bear retreated.  I'm not sure if they ever located that bear, but it has not paid us another visit.

Apr 23, 2012 07:47 PM #5
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Harley, Thanks for the entertaining information on bears.  Your warning on avoiding bears reminds me of the joke about telling the difference between Black Bear and Grizzly bear scat, Grizzly's have little bells and smells like pepper spray.

Apr 23, 2012 11:23 PM #6
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Great information there.  Glad we don't have too many bears in our neck of the woods!                                                           

Apr 24, 2012 06:05 AM #7
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Harley Wilcox
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Gretchen - A little common sense goes a long ways in situations. We like it here in Teton Valley.

Apr 24, 2012 06:17 AM #8
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Harley Wilcox
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Hey Reba - I was hoping someone would get a kick out of the "gut pile".

Apr 24, 2012 06:19 AM #9
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Harley Wilcox
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Hey Joy - bear spray is just an oversized peper spray and some will shoot 20 to 30 feet. Word to the wise - don't spray into the wind. :)

Apr 24, 2012 06:20 AM #10
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Harley Wilcox
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Kay my parents are from around Springfield somewhere (Joplin I think). They moved to Arizona 45 plus years ago.

Apr 24, 2012 06:23 AM #11
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Harley Wilcox
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Joan, I found myself between a black bear and her cubs one year when hunting elk. I had a bear tag and was tracking her when I heard the cubs. she was standing on her hind legs and sniffing the air - it made the hair stand up on my neck. I was able to back out and let them go on their way it was intense.

Apr 24, 2012 06:26 AM #12
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Harley Wilcox
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YES BOB - exactly.

Apr 24, 2012 06:27 AM #13
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Harley Wilcox
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Christiansen Team - If it's not bears it's snakes or sharks?

Apr 24, 2012 06:28 AM #14
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Sondra Meyer:
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Harley,

These sound like great tips.  I agree with you, it sounds like the humans became a problem to the bear that ended up being euthanized. 

Apr 24, 2012 06:30 AM #15
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Harley Wilcox
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I suppose it is better than a child eaten by a bear. Thanks for the comment Sondra. :)

Apr 24, 2012 06:48 AM #16
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All good tips that I learned in Girl Scouts as a kid and have remembered every time I go hiking or camping in an area known for bears.

Apr 24, 2012 07:10 AM #17
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Harley Wilcox
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Girl Scouts - A great organization. My Reagan just sold boxes of cookies!

Apr 24, 2012 07:35 AM #18
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My friend moved to Colorado Springs last Fall, can't wait to visit him this summer. nice post!

Apr 24, 2012 08:28 AM #19
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