Q: Do you have bears?
A: We have to say yes, Black bears NOT Grizzly bears. Once in a while a bear passes through, and that’s why Cloud 9 Farm honeybees in the valley have an electric fence around them.
Q: But have bears ever caused a problem for people?
A: No, no encounters, except from a distance where the bear and human looked at each other from about 400 feet away, then both went their separate ways.
Here are some precautions we thought ANYBODY should know who hikes in the forest:
From the Hiking Dude:
Bear attacks are rare, very rare. You are more likely to die in a car accident on the way to your hike. You are more likely to get struck by lightning. Most bear encounters happen when the bear’s natural behavior of avoidance changes to aggression because:
- You surprised the bear and you are considered a threat – when hiking alone, you tend to be more quiet and can accidentally sneak up on a bear. By hiking in groups and carrying on conversations, you will alert animals to your presence. You don’t need to yell, whistle, or ring bells, but don’t be silent.
- You are considered a threat to young cubs or food – accidentally getting between a bear and her young is a bad situation. Whenever you see a bear, assume that there are young around or the bear is feeding. Don’t go any closer and keep your eyes open for cubs.
From a good Canadian educational resource:
Bears usually avoid humans. But if you do encounter one, it’s important to remember that they are powerful and potentially dangerous animals.
If you encounter a bear:
- If the bear is not paying any attention to you, slowly and quietly back away while watching the bear to make sure it isn’t following you
- If the bear obviously knows you are there, raise your arms to let the bear know you are a human. Make yourself look as big as possible. Speak in a firm but non-threatening voice while looking at the bear and backing away
- Watch the bear to gauge its reaction to you. If a bear huffs, pops its jaw or stomps its paws on the ground, it wants you to back away and give it space
- If the bear continues to try to approach, stand your ground and be aggressive – use your whistle or yell, stand tall, wave your arms and throw objects
- Do not run or climb a tree. Bears can run faster and climb better than you
- If the bear makes contact, fight back with everything you have
Like we said, Black bears have never been a problem at Cloud 9 Farm which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, lowering the risk, unless 200 acres away someone is tempting them with bird feeders or garbage.
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