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    Default Bear activity in VA

    This past Friday nite (March 10) my son and I startled a bear who was hanging out around the Jenkins Shelter 10 miles north of Chestnut Knob. We scared him off and he never returned during the night that we know of. There are posted pics and active bear warning signs in the area. Just so you know.

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    Thanks for the warning! Headed up that way this weekend.

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    but bears hibernate in the winter!!!!

    (sarcasm)

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    I put a post from Brown Mountain shelter 2 weeks ago. Multiple bears at the shelter area while tenting.

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    We had a mild winter here in Virginia. I would say that quite a few bears never hibernated and that is why sightings/trouble is starting earlier this year. Even the bears that did hibernate may not have slept straight through. Some get up several times and get a drink of water, etc. Some may not have gone back in considering the warm weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdoczi View Post
    but bears hibernate in the winter!!!!

    (sarcasm)
    Yeah probably woke up when it was warm, couldn't get back to sleep, then went to check the "fridge."

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    I wonder how long a bear pee is after holding it all winter, my personal best is just a tad over a minute, but some of that is prostate induced trickle...so there's that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketsocks View Post
    I wonder how long a bear pee is after holding it all winter, my personal best is just a tad over a minute, but some of that is prostate induced trickle...so there's that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketsocks View Post
    I wonder how long a bear pee is after holding it all winter, my personal best is just a tad over a minute, but some of that is prostate induced trickle...so there's that.
    LOL I'm glad I didn't have to pee when I first saw the bear--there wouldn't have been a minute wait that's for sure!!

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    Was it good size or an adolescent?

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    Glenwood Pedlar Ranger office confirmed you remark to me on the phone, not a lot of hibernating this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinetree View Post
    Was it good size or an adolescent?
    It was not a cub, but it wasn't exactly huge either, maybe 175-200#.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    Thanks for the warning! Headed up that way this weekend.
    We completed our intended hike, 24 miles just north of Mt Rogers Visitors Center. No sign of bears, unless you count a "bear"ing tree - saw several of them.
    Only animals seen were a skunk, a squirrel or two, and a handful of deer. Not many hikers out either. I think we probably saw about 10 NOBOs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    We completed our intended hike, 24 miles just north of Mt Rogers Visitors Center. No sign of bears, unless you count a "bear"ing tree - saw several of them.
    Only animals seen were a skunk, a squirrel or two, and a handful of deer. Not many hikers out either. I think we probably saw about 10 NOBOs.
    We saw no hikers in 36 miles, none. We did see a couple of tents setup tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seatbelt View Post
    We saw no hikers in 36 miles, none. We did see a couple of tents setup tho.
    Not sure what your weather was. We had an inch of snow last night about 3 miles north of Chatfield Shelter. I'd say that kept a few people inside. Shouldn't have affected thru-hikers though.

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    I plan on hiking this section tomorrow. I will update if I see any bear activity.

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    Just heard a report that some fruit trees in my area (nobo mile 700 +/-) were damaged by a snow we had a week ago.
    Seems a lot of trees with good sun exposure had already started to bloom. The snow and cold temps killed the flowers. We won't know for a couple more weeks how wide spread this was. If wide spread damage was done, it will effect the wildlife including Bears. A couple years ago the same area had a bad Nut crop. That was at the same time the video was posted of the 4 - 5 Bears at one of the shelters near McAfee knob.

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    I did not see anything, nor any true signs of bear... However, I did hear A LOT of rustling in the woods. Could have been a deer but with the reports makes me think it might have been a teddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b12r View Post
    I did not see anything, nor any true signs of bear... However, I did hear A LOT of rustling in the woods. Could have been a deer but with the reports makes me think it might have been a teddy.
    On my last central VA hike is was constantly hearing rustling of branches off in the woods. I eventually figured out it was my pack rubbing up against branches hanging over the trail. Something about the location of it that made it sound like it was coming from off in the distance. Except the time it was a bear. I saw the scat in the trail first. Then the bear's butt as he ran away from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd Man Out View Post
    On my last central VA hike is was constantly hearing rustling of branches off in the woods. I eventually figured out it was my pack rubbing up against branches hanging over the trail. Something about the location of it that made it sound like it was coming from off in the distance. Except the time it was a bear. I saw the scat in the trail first. Then the bear's butt as he ran away from me.
    To clarify, since apparently this needs to be clarified, the rustling occurred down the ridge line around 100 yds. away.

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