Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Re: Vision of being chased by bear
Black bear are almost never aggressive to anything- though there are a few very rare cases of huge old males (600-700 lbs for a black) attacking and killing hunters or others in the woods.
I've spent long hours setting camera traps for them as a kid and been as close as arms length to one feeding on grubs for quite a long time when armed with nothing but a bow (in deer season, I don't kill bears because I don't like to eat them and hunting them over bait which is the usual method isn't my idea of sport) Never have I felt even slightly threatened by a black bear.
The large brown bears are another matter entirely. Different temperament as well as size. Different diets and behaviors. Have only modest experience around them but for sure wouldn't want a wild one at arms length no matter what weapon I had.
And I wouldn't be too worried about getting hit by a turkey. The ones that are used to feeding along the road often don't even look up when you pass. They can tell when turkey season opens and know they're safe otherwise, except from their natural predators. I suspect hens will actually take their young broods to the roadsides to feed knowing vehicles scare off predators, pretty much on the same logic that purple martins deliberately pick nest sites within 100 feet or so of a human dwelling. I have had big toms fly up almost to my feet and feed around me when I'm wearing bright orange in deer (gun) season. even while talking to my hunting buddy. They are hilarious to watch taking off through dense trees- looks more like a controlled crash as they thrash branches out of the way.
As long as its not rut, moose are pretty harmless unless they catch the parasite carried by deer that destroys their brain tissue- then can go beserk and even attack vehicles. I've had one step over me in the middle of the night while camping on a trail in Maine- a moose looks forever tall when you're on your back looking up. They apparently see pretty well on dark nights. The most obnoxious behavior one often sees is failing to get out of the road even when honked at repetitively- they like the easy walking too well and it gets many killed by cars.
Last edited by racer7; May 12th, 2014 at 3:00 am.