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    So Dredger, WilyTrout, and I were nearing the end of our day of wall-to-wall fishing in north Georgia. We're back at our cars reminiscing about the day's catches with bluegrass on the box in the background when WilyTrout turns to me with the most relaxed demeanor possible, chuckles, and says with a slight grin, "Hey man, there's a bear cub beside the car." To which I responded with a similar grin, "Are you serious?". I took two steps over and . . . Yeah. He was serious. Here's the footage of what happened next.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIJovqGDFac"]Black bear cub 1 - YouTube[/ame]

    Dredger sent me a follow-up message pertaining to our experience and the safety of both us as human beings as well as bears. There's some good information to learn from and internalize in his comments below. Please pass along this information on how to handle wildlife sightings to your fellow anglers. You just might save the life of a human being and a bear.

    "Trouter23,

    Thanks for some quality time astream on Saturday. Indeed, the black bear event was a great way to end our perfect fishing day. *Your video also gives us a chance to educate north Georgia recreationists about this magnificent wildlife species. Feel free to pass along this note.

    You and "Wily" did the right thing by not feeding the bear. * * Forest visitors should enjoy bear sightings, but always remember that "a fed bear is a dead bear." *This bear is a 1 year old juvenile that's now on his own and has to fend for himself. *Folks should not feed bears because they will associate humans with an artificial *food source. *They'll lose their natural fear of humans, and this will lead to destruction of property and threats to public safety. *A cracker or hot dog innocently tossed to a young bear can send him down the path of raiding campsites, breaking into cars, and showing aggressive behavior toward humans. Would you want your son or daughter, hot dog in hand, to be confronted at your campsite by this bear, especially when he's another year older and a hundred pounds larger?

    WRD has to manage problem bears for the sake of both the bear and human populations. *Our staff is *forced to relocate problem bears (first strike). *If that doesn't work and the bear is again found creating problems to property or public safety, it must be then euthanized (two strikes = out).

    Georgia has a very healthy black bear population of over 5,000 individuals. *Seeing one in the wild just enhances the quality of our outdoor experiences. *Remember not to feed them, and let wildlife be wild for everyone to enjoy, safely. *That approach is better for both humans and the bears. * *http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/3613


    Besides, hot dogs are not artificial lures, and your rod wasn't stout enough to land this one, Trouter!"
    Last edited by Trouter23; 07-26-14, 01:58 AM.
    I'm so old I remember when men wore tattoos and women wore earrings.
    -Lefty Kreh

  • #2
    That was a great video T23. Thanks for posting that.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Remoh View Post
      That was a great video T23. Thanks for posting that.
      Thanks. Sorry it went all Blair Witch there at the end. The mama bear tapped me on the shoulder so I turned around to tell her to hold on and totally forgot I was still shooting.
      I'm so old I remember when men wore tattoos and women wore earrings.
      -Lefty Kreh

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      • #4
        I would say that Durniak has missed his Hollywood Calling, His audio was phenomenal.

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        • #5
          Please go back to your original Avatar

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          • #6
            Wow!! Very cool! I'm glad y'all had a memorable day
            "I'll tell you what I'm blathering about... I've got information man! New stuff has come to light! And shoot... man, she kidnapped herself. Well sure, man. Look at it... a young trophy wife, in the parlance of our times, you know, and she, uh, uh, owes money all over town, including to known pornographers, and that's cool... that's, that's cool, I'm, I'm saying, she needs money, man. And of course they're going to say that they didn't get it, because... she wants more, man! She's got to feed the monkey, I mean uh... hasn't that ever occurred to you, man? Sir?"- The Big Lebowski 1998

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            • #7
              Wow, cool sighting. Bonus wildlife is definitely the icing on the cake of any fishing adventure! Thanks for posting.

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              • #8
                My last encounter was with one that was bigger on the Toot, I didn't take pictures as I was scrambling for my vehicle....

                This was awesome.....thanks for sharing
                RScott

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                • #9
                  Awesome experience. I've seen my share of bear out there, but NEVER that close.

                  I wonder if it/they have already been fed by campers,etc. to get that close to you guys.
                  I am officially upgrading Gatorbyte from "fly in my ointment" to "thorn in my side". If he happens to elevate himself to "pain in my a$$" I'm gonna blame it on RScott.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by baldea View Post
                    Awesome experience. I've seen my share of bear out there, but NEVER that close.

                    I wonder if it/they have already been fed by campers,etc. to get that close to you guys.
                    According to Dredger, more than likely, yes.
                    I'm so old I remember when men wore tattoos and women wore earrings.
                    -Lefty Kreh

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                    • #11
                      Many thanks for posting the video!
                      And for posting Dredger's public service announcement! Bears are not for feeding!

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                      • #12
                        Can y'all post Trouter23 and Dredgers response to FB so we can share it and hopefully edumacate others not to feed bears???


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                        • #13
                          Unbelievable !!!!! I am jealous . Last cub I saw darted across the road in front of us and was gone before we realized it was a bear .

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