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Grizzly Attack on Morice River

Be Bear Aware !

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Heard about this last night.

Very sad news. I hope the guy pulls through.

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Friend of mine does forestry work in that area and says he's never seen so many bears, both grizzlies and black bears in the area. His crew has had several close calls.
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Wow, saw the tracks

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JD and I drifted from Owns to Apsen Monday, all the beaches were littered with a big Griz tracks and cub tracks, probably the very bear, I'm going to pack my defender next trip up there! Saw one walk in guy from Grande Prairie, I was fearing it was him, but sad news for the Alaskan, I hope he pulls through.

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Jessea,

JD and I drifted from Owns to Apsen Monday, all the beaches were littered with a big Griz tracks and cub tracks, probably the very bear, I'm going to pack my defender next trip up there! Saw one walk in guy from Grande Prairie, I was fearing it was him, but sad news for the Alaskan, I hope he pulls through.

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Hope he makes it......that's one of my worst fears.....
Ever since my bear episode I've carried my 375.... I get the odd funny look but it makes me feel a little better.

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Always unfortunate to read such reports. I had a go with a big brown bear this year myself. This was the first time I had ever used Bear Spray; I can tell you that it works. It was easier to hit the bear at close range with the six foot wide cloud of propelled gas than had I tried to shoot a single projectile round.

Buy spray, carry spray along with whatever else will make you feel secure. I carry 2 full cans with at all times but sometimes have left them in the boat; not any more. Do remember this; spray is not a long range deterrent, I would say the effective range is 15 - 20 feet. If a bear insists on closing on you, keep your wits and make the cannister count. My brown bear changed its mind in a second.

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Ard…glad to hear you made out ok. I’m a little neurotic when it comes to bears. I always try to carry bear spray when I am in Bear country, to the point where I think my buddies think I I’m a bit paranoid. Was in Terrace a couple of weeks ago and I was headed over to the Kitimat for the day and they didn’t even have bear spray stocked at the fly/tackle shop I stopped at. I admit that for someone like me who does not spend a ton of time working or fishing around bears , odds are low for me ever needing it, but it gives me peace of mind…and appears to work also.

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There have been crazy amounts of.bears in island park this summer. One guide from our lodge was treed by 3 grizzlys and had to call 911 cause bear spray ran out nd the pistol didnt scare em.

We got an interesting letter in our fish and game news letter. Over a 13 year study in alaska 40% of folks who had bear encounters using live ammunition were badly injured or killed.

98% of people who used bear spray were not attacked or had very small injuries. I guess a bear has enough adenaline to maul you even while dying. You have to shoot em in the shoulder to stop em.

Now i carry bear spray even while hunting

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We got an interesting letter in our fish and game news letter. Over a 13 year study in alaska 40% of folks who had bear encounters using live ammunition were badly injured or killed.

98% of people who used bear spray were not attacked or had very small injuries. I guess a bear has enough adenaline to maul you even while dying. You have to shoot em in the shoulder to stop em.

Now i carry bear spray even while hunting


One thing to consider is that most folks who carry heavy artillery have tendency to move deeper into bear country, while those who carry spray only are most likely to be much more cautious. Most attacks occurs when bear is surprised on defends his territory or cubs.

The hiker in Denali Park who was filming 600 lb bear ( a very large and old bear for Denali Park ) from 50 yards for 8 minutes and then was killed, has encountered a very patient bears who tolerated the intruder for 8 minutes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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There have been crazy amounts of.bears in island park this summer. One guide from our lodge was treed by 3 grizzlys and had to call 911 cause bear spray ran out nd the pistol didnt scare em.

We got an interesting letter in our fish and game news letter. Over a 13 year study in alaska 40% of folks who had bear encounters using live ammunition were badly injured or killed.

98% of people who used bear spray were not attacked or had very small injuries. I guess a bear has enough adenaline to maul you even while dying. You have to shoot em in the shoulder to stop em.

Now i carry bear spray even while hunting
I shot one this spring smashing both shoulders......he still went an amazing distance on pure adrenalin.

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Just read details in the Vancouver Sun. Holy S$%^, talk about devastating injuries- I really hope this angler makes a full and speedy recovery. From the sounds of things, he's got a long road a head of him.

Best wishes and fast healing who ever you are.
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Grizzly attack

Thanx for warning. We arrive Sunday and will stop in Smithers to buy some bear spray! I visit that area each fall and saw lots of blacks and a couple of grizzly but never had any problems. We always stay long way from them!
Hope the guy who's attacked will recover soon!

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After reading about this grizzly bear mauling, the fisherman suffered some pretty serious injuries to his body and face. With regards to the facial injuries, not be too graphic but his entire lower jaw got ripped off in the attack. Just a reminder how one can be having fun on a trip and then all hell breaks loose.
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Here in So-Oregon about the only thing you'll get 'attacked' by is a chipmunk save for a long walk up in the surrounding mountains (Black Bear or Coug's). And the odds of that are as close to zero as you could get.

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VANCOUVER - An Alaskan angler mauled by a grizzly bear this week in northwestern B.C. has been airlifted to a Vancouver hospital where he will undergo intensive surgery for many broken bones and a missing jaw.

Sergeant Kevin Nixon with the BC Conservation Officer Service says the 65-year-old man was fishing alone at dusk Tuesday in the Morice River in Houston when he startled a sow and one or two of her cubs.

It was around 7:30 p.m., and the man was just packing up his fishing gear for the evening. It's believed he was crouching down to put something in a bag and when he stood up the bear lunged at him.

After the mauling, and with multiple broken bones all over his body, the man somehow crawled about 300 metres out of the rural wooded area to a road.

Nixon said a woman was driving along the road at that moment and saw him curled up in the ditch. She stopped to help the man and when she realized the severity of the situation called emergency services.

"If she hadn't stopped for him, this could have been a life and death situation." said Nixon.

The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was transported to a hospital in Smithers but was later airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital.

Mounties believe the man was on vacation from a small town in Alaska and are trying to contact his family. Corp. Aaron Geary, a spokesman for the Houston RCMP, declined to release his hometown because it could identify the victim.

He said the man's camper van has been towed from the fishing site. The area, he said, is a popular destination for fly fishing and attracts people from all over the world, including celebrities and politicians.

Nixon said the man's condition is not known but he has severe facial and head injuries, multiple broken bones and deep puncture wounds. He said the man is missing his lower jaw and will require months of reconstructive surgery.

Conservation officers spoke to the man briefly but said his injuries were so severe he could only respond to yes and no questions.

From that interview, officers were able to determine that the animal was a grizzly bear and that the attack was likely defensive rather than predatory.

Conservation officers combed the site on Wednesday and found the site covered in blood. They found bear fur on the trees and bear cub tracks.

The officers did a flyover of the area but found no sign of the bear or cubs.

Nixon says sections of the road between Owen Flats and the Aspen Pool campsite have been closed until further notice. They are warning anglers and hikers to stay out of the area for now while they investigate this weekend.

Grizzly bear sightings are not unusual for the rural area of Houston, however Nixon said he had not heard of an angler being mauled before at the Morice River, a common spot for fishing steelhead.

Geary warned that there are lots of bears in the area and people should always fish in pairs. He also suggested playing a transistor radio or making plenty of noise so the bears will stay away.

Last fall, a woman was mauled by a black bear about 20 kilometres east of Houston. She survived but she was badly mangled and her ear was torn off.

Geary said that incident was the first bear mauling in 11 years in Houston.



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