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06-09-2011, 03:29
For all the White Blazers who are occupied with human injuries and deaths related to those nasty bears. It may have been a bear suicide, possibly just a sex starved bear with other things on its mind than watching when he crossed the road, or maybe just a human driver not paying attention to the road driving WAY too fast!

Two People die as bear flies through SUV (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/08/2-people-die-as-bear-flies-through-suv/)

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/06/08/t1larg.bear.v.car.cbc.jpg Two people died and a third was injured when a bear crashed through this SUV near Luskville, Quebec, police said.

June 8th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

A bizarre auto accident involving two vehicles and a bear has left two people and the bear dead, Canadian authorities said.

Police in Quebec said a 300-pound male black bear wandered onto a road and was struck by an eastbound Pontiac Sunfire. The impact sent the animal hurtling through the air, where it smashed the windshield of a westbound Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle and went out through the back window, regional police spokesman Officer Martin Fournel said.
"It was a 300-pound bullet," he said.
The SUV's 35-year-old female driver and a 40-year-old man sitting behind her were killed; a 28-year-old front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, Fournel said. In the Pontiac, neither the driver, a 23-year-old man, nor his 19-year-old male passenger was hurt.
No alcohol or drugs were involved, and police are still trying to determine each vehicle's speed in the 90 kph (56 mph) zone, Fournel said, adding that charges are unlikely.
"It's a first, there's no doubt about that," he said. "We had similar accident several years ago with a deer going through the windshield and ending up in the back seat, where it injured a boy. He wasn't killed, he was hurt. But it was not like this."
It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking - sometimes recklessly - for females, so drivers on rural roads should be watchful, hunting guide Daniel Larocque told the Canadian television network CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/06/07/ottawa-bear-collision-luskville.html).
The accident occurred near the town of Luskville, about 25 miles northwest of Ottawa, Ontario.

06-09-2011, 13:57
I think it's unfortunate that this post was titled as a bear attack. We've had several posts about bears on the AT, with links to scientific studies about real attacks, injuries, and deaths. The bottom line for the AT is that the bears can be pests, but the chances of an attack, much less a death, are exceedingly remote. You're more likely to die of heat stress, hypothermia, heart attack, lightening, falling trees, MRSA infection, snake bite, stinging insects, spider bites, or murder.

This incident happened in Canada, which has a larger bear population that on the East Coast of the United States. Folks in Canada and Alaska will tell you that automobile collisions with large animals are one of the leading causes of death in those areas. A high speed collision with a moose will tear a car apart, almost like running into a tree.

Let's keep the AT bear issues in perspective. Protect your food, keep things and yourself clean, respect their space, and you won't have a problem.

06-09-2011, 14:57
I'd call it a statement about the Stanley Cup Finals. A fellow bruin taking out a couple canucks.

In all seriousness, it's a sad, freak accident. Not really a bear attack.

06-09-2011, 21:42
I think it's unfortunate that this post was titled as a bear attack.

Agreed. Tacky way to start a post at dead people's expense...

06-09-2011, 22:25
OK Let's change the title to Bear Encounters?

Sierra Echo
06-09-2011, 22:26
Down here cows and deer fly through cars!