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    Default Hiker's detailed account of Spence Field bear attack

    Here's a detailed account of the attack at Spence Field.

    https://peachpeak.wordpress.com/2016...rst-blog-post/

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    I didn't realize this had been linked to in the other thread ( http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/show...WBIR-com/page6 ). Maybe this will make it easier to get to, though.

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    Thanks for the link. As I recall, Spence Field was one of the first shelters to remove the chain link. Maybe it's time to put the cages back up

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    I disagree. One of the reasons (I've heard, but not sure) is that people often fed the bears thru the fence. But regardless, people need to learn to live with bears. This can happen at anytime, remember NJ attack...

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    I assume he got a new trail name after this?????? Bear bait!!!


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    I disagree. One of the reasons (I've heard, but not sure) is that people often fed the bears thru the fence.


    yeah.....

    thats what was happening...

    so the park removed the cages, and put up the cable system...

    the idea is to educate people about proper food storage...

    the trouble is that people cook and eat around the shelter, which still attracts bears to the shelter area...........

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    I've never been worried about bears but that was a chilling read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peaks View Post
    Thanks for the link. As I recall, Spence Field was one of the first shelters to remove the chain link. Maybe it's time to put the cages back up

    If a person wants zero chance of aggressive bear encounter , the only way to get it is to stay home.
    Taking down the fences was a big step forward in changing bad hiker behaviors that were creating bear issues.
    Wouldnt want to camp outside the fence when idiots have conditioned bears to eat there.
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    Like diving in a chum slick....


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    Do away with the gd shelters.

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    Maybe one good thing will come of this.....the media causes people to panic!!! The trail is full of man eating bears!! Avoid at all costs...


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    Wow I was on the edge of my seat reading his story. Glad he survived with fairly minor injury. Stay safe out there.
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    Wow, that is something of a read. Glad he was alright in the end. Now I have to go to sleep.. Glad I stumbled upon this right beforehand.. Lol.

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    Glad Peach is okay, but why did the bear attack him unprovoked? Still a question I'm left with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Santa View Post
    Glad Peach is okay, but why did the bear attack him unprovoked? Still a question I'm left with


    It was hungry......

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    Interesting read. Normally you just hear that someone was attacked and they are fine or recovering, and you don't get to hear all the details of what actually happened.
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    Did they ever find the right bear?

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    Not from what I've heard...

    they em collared two other bears but DNa did not match ..


    in thr meantime---more closures have happened...

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    Can you detail the closures or provide a link to info? We are starting a section hike soon. Thank you!
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