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 Post subject: Black Bear and other critters
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Hello.
This is my second post on this sight but first post in Trekking.
I am still new to New Hampshire. I was born in Cadiz, Spain and have lived in Spain, Germany, 5 years on Okinawa and nearly 40 years in Texas.
I am so happy to be in NH!!
I have backpacked many years ago but that was always on trails and most of the time with others. I never had to deal with bear or Mt Lions but I did hear stories.
What I am wondering about is how do you deal with bear, mt lions and fisher cats?
What if I am sleeping and one of those things comes up on me?


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 Post subject: Re: Black Bear and other critters
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Well we don't have any problems with those animals here in Australia, but my advice would be to purchase a gun/rifle large enough to handle large game, & get at least one pistol in the same caliber. Pistols are more maneuverable in confined areas. Other precautions would be to make your camp in as safer area as you can. Construct a small compound around your shelter, anything that will give you prior warning that something is close by. Keep a fire going when safe to do so. If you have a dog, take it with you IF it is trained to command. You do NOT want a dog that will just antagonise a wild animal, but give you warning & distract if needed.
To be honest Seamus, I would sooner have your bears & cats than our snakes & spiders.
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Don't smell like food. I run into them here in the Cherokee Forest all the time. Mostly they are just big bumbling goofs who run away if you go boo. Just keep a clean camp and make some noise as you travel sand you'll be good. I sing sea shanties and such, which seems to work keeping bears away and people too. Every year I get at least one bear as road kill. I have one hide left that I use as a sleeping pad. It works great as a insulating layer on a browse bag full of leaves. Just keep you're food hung up and don't cook in camp. I carry a .44 Remington pistol as a back up just in case. Never really plan on using it but you never know. It is the eastern coyote that is the real problem. half wolf half coyote and three times as smart.
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Don't smell like food. I run into them here in the Cherokee Forest all the time. Mostly they are just big bumbling goofs who run away if you go boo. Just keep a clean camp and make some noise as you travel sand you'll be good. I sing sea shanties and such, which seems to work keeping bears away and people too. Every year I get at least one bear as road kill. I have one hide left that I use as a sleeping pad. It works great as a insulating layer on a browse bag full of leaves. Just keep you're food hung up and don't cook in camp. I carry a .44 Remington pistol as a back up just in case. Never really plan on using it but you never know. It is the eastern coyote that is the real problem. half wolf half coyote and three times as smart.

Excellent post, thank you.
Keith.

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