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Bear encounters

How often do you encounter bears while hiking?

Florence, Oregon
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11. Re: Bear encounters

Not trying to scare you off here, but Oregon's Black Bear population (there are no Grizzly Bears in Oregon) has risen dramatically in the past several years. Wildlife experts estimate there are somewhere near 30,000 of the critters statewide. Yes, they can be found in all regions of the state.

That being said, bears would rather not be around humans and will stay out of your way if they can. They usually won't attack unless they are startled or feel threatened. If you see a bear cub, just leave the area. The mother is nearby and just the fact that you are there near her baby is reason enough for her to attack you.

It's also a good idea to make some noise while hiking. Sing, talk, whistle, beat the brush along the trail with your walking stick. This noise will most likely keep you from sneaking up on a bear.

I've spent over 35 years laying out and building trails, mostly west of the coast range, and have had many bear encounters, but I have never had one do anything but hightail it out of the area.

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12. Re: Bear encounters

Regarding the above comment about bear scat, if you do see any (you won't) don't worry about identifying it; There aren't any Grizz left in Oregon.

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13. Re: Bear encounters

As said you would be lucky if you see a bear. My brothers have lived around Porland for 40 yearsand I have never seen one on all my day hikes. I live near Olympic National Park and have probably seen bears about 15 times, but always in the back country and only once had a problem. I feel lucky to see them.

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14. Re: Bear encounters

It probably depends on where you are, I have a friend in Parkdale who has seen a bear twice this year. There was a bear in Hood River itself two winters ago...I only found out about it a year later, that was pretty rare though. It did swipe at a trashcan at our neighbor's house!

Raccoons and skunks abound in the area!

Your niece will be fine, just be safe and use common sense, including being aware that they are out there in the forest.

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15. Re: Bear encounters

Mistletoe, then you've been in the Southern part of Rooster Rock? ;}


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