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    Stepped in bear poop yesterday at my prospecting area, advice?

    I went back yesterday to the gravel area that I had posted about in another thread. Immediately I noticed a nasty smell and just right around the paydirt area was the unmistakable sight of black bear poop. Oh crap, now I finally understand why I was finding gold here and why it hadn't been taken by anyone else before. Have you ever had any experiences with dangerous animals while prospecting?

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    Only advice I can give is Clean it off before Tracking it in on the Carpets.

    Or walking around people who may think you Crapped your Pants.

    Other then that, Don't be afraid to make Noise.


    Noise doesn't attract Black Bear, It makes them Nervous
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Nov 28, 2018 at 10:29 AM.

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    I use a stick. It helps get it out of the tread on your shoe.

    Oh yeah - the bear? It was there all along, you just finally noticed it.

    Your fear is based on perception. The bear doesn't want anything to do with you. The odds of you breaking your leg and dying of shock while prospecting are much greater than the danger from a bear.

    Watch where you step, don't carry beef jerky in your pocket and you will be much safer prospecting than you would be in the city.

    Heavy Pans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    I use a stick. It helps get it out of the tread on your shoe.

    Oh yeah - the bear? It was there all along, you just finally noticed it.

    Your fear is based on perception. The bear doesn't want anything to do with you. The odds of you breaking your leg and dying of shock while prospecting are much greater than the danger from a bear.

    Watch where you step, don't carry beef jerky in your pocket and you will be much safer prospecting than you would be in the city.

    Heavy Pans
    beef jerky, Or Donuts ...

    When Game Commission sets up a Bear Cage Trap around here ,
    They use Donuts . I Never heard what Type, But AM Guessing Honey Glazed
    & maybe Sugar.

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    Bob

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    I always carry my model 1911 when in sketchy areas, both rural and urban

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    I have a bear on my claim as well. I intentionally make some noise with my bar or shovel, they don't like that metallic sound. Funny thing is I've has zero problems with the bear but it bothers the miner below me something terrible, knocks his gear around and bites everything, almost like it's personal. I don't leave any trash, including orange peels or apple cores, nothing but digging tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    Your fear is based on perception. The bear doesn't want anything to do with you. The odds of you breaking your leg and dying of shock while prospecting are much greater than the danger from a bear.
    Oh yeah, that happened yesterday too. It's been raining quite a bit and I almost slipped badly several times in the slippery bedrock. Seems like the better the gold, the more dangerous the area gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe-Dirt View Post
    I always carry my model 1911 when in sketchy areas, both rural and urban
    I've never needed one for a bear but they sure have come in handy a few times with the two legged animals in sketchy areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird View Post
    Oh yeah, that happened yesterday too. It's been raining quite a bit and I almost slipped badly several times in the slippery bedrock. Seems like the better the gold, the more dangerous the area gets.
    I fell yesterday hard, was fine working all day but when it came to picture taking I stopped paying attention to my footing and down I went.

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    Those type encounters are part of prospecting. As stated above the bear is far more afraid of you then you are of it. My current favorite area has a number of piles of bear scat and I don't feel at all uncomfortable working there. If you are truly concerned for your safety get some bear spray and carry it to give yourself piece of mind.

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    papa

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    Black bears are not inherently dangerous, like a grizzly. If you're making noise, they are not likely to come around. You may be leaving food scraps about, which is why they're sniffing around. A black with cubs can be dangerous, but again, likely won't come near while you are there. If you see one around, shout, raise you arms and wave them about. Make yourself look big.

    That said, a big hungry black bear, who does not run off when you attempt to scare it away, but continues walking toward you, eyes locked on, probably sees you as prey. At this point, the firearm you should ALWAYS have handy comes into play. Warning shot, which may do it, if not then fatal shot. Don't shoot a bear in the ass! Head, neck, chest.


    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

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    I try to splash my foot in the creek a little.. and wipe boot on the grass

    Dry season I use a Barry stick

    I have a bear that had at least one cub last season. Haven't seen the cub yet.

    Got a Mt. lion on camera again last week. looks like the same one I've been hanging out with the last several years.

    SKUNKLION

    A few weeks back I came across a bear pile ..swung coil over it got a tone...I was like "of course"

    Kick pile out of way target gone.. back to pile screamer... dang it.

    smash pile with foot...the bear had been in some ones trash. some kind of foil wrapper in with the manzanita berries.

    dig every target

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe-Dirt View Post
    I always carry my model 1911 when in sketchy areas, both rural and urban
    Me too. Loaded with Hornady Critical Defense. https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/h...cal-defense#!/

    This is California. its sketchy everywhere. Urban or rural

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    Always take someone with you . Someone that you can outrun.
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    Moose worry me much more than black bears. My dogs will tree a bear easily but moose wont budge. They aren't scared of anything and they are much more dangerous than a little ole blackie.

 

 
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