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Tonight Bear And Cubs Tried To Have A Snack Of Me  
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6138 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
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So I was invited to this office party in the suburbs of Monterrey, which some of them are in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. We´ve read reports of Black Bears coming down to populated areas, but nobody had seen them. We were at my boss´s garden and I went to get some meat from the grill, and not more than 5 meters from me was Mama bear and four cubs, looking hungrily at the grill.

Then, she and the cubs stared at me.

Me, stayed as immobile as an ice sculpture, really hoping I would not shit my pants.

She growled but did not move.

I did not growled back and much less moved.

Then, she rose up on her feet and growled like a freaking dragon. It was too much for me, I turned around and ran back to the party. I figured if she reached me ( and I know she would have in 2 seconds ) at least the party crowd would come running at my screams. But alas, she did not chase me.

We all let her grab whatever she wanted, including the trash bags. She then left with her (very cute) cubs. I estimate her height when stood up at 1.85 meters. Weight was probably close to 200kg. Cubs looked tiny and skinny.

I got tomorrow´s day off and am curently at home guzzling a nice bottle of tequila hoping to get unconscious. Xanax is helping too.

Ironically, I don´t think I was ever scared. I felt as if I was outside my body. However, I never want to go through that again, unless I have a rifle.


MGGS
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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):

Ahahahah excellent story man.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
I got tomorrow´s day off and am curently at home guzzling a nice bottle of tequila hoping to get unconscious. Xanax is helping too.

As good a remedy as any other in that situation really.

How did the others react ? Did you call some kind of animal control service or something ?



Cheers
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
I got tomorrow´s day off and am curently at home guzzling a nice bottle of tequila hoping to get unconscious. Xanax is helping too.

MWAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHA this has become even funnier now that I've seen your "occupation" on your "profile". That is just absolutely epic man.



Cheers
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2576 times:

You said she did not even chase you, but the thread title says they tried to make you their snack!!

I think the thread title is misleading!!   



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 2):
That is just absolutely epic man.

+1, best story I've read in a long time. Glad you escaped!

I read an account about about a guy who was attacked by a black bear...he was complaining that the usual advice about how you should "play dead" doesn't really work if the bear is already eating you!


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

There is an issue here that needs to be dealt with, make sure a report goes to the California state department of fish and wildlife. They need to know that a Bear has lost its fear of humans, they should be able to catch and relocate momma to a less densely populated area. A bear acting as you described has become way to used to people and will eventually become a danger to herself, her cubs and any random people she meets.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6574 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2498 times:
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I thought it was gay thing  


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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3942 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Underestimating our own weight again, are we? I am sure you would have been more than just a snack, one proper meal at least.  


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6138 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2440 times:
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Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 5):
California state department of fish and wildlife.

It´s "Monterrey", Mexico, not "Monterey" Calirfornia. No one here to do all that. I agree, though, she has obviously lost her fear of humans, and funny story apart, she is a threat.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 2):
that I've seen your "occupation" on your "profile".

Oh yeah that. Probably need to update my profile.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
Underestimating our own weight again, are we? I am sure you would have been more than just a snack, one proper meal at least.

Shhhhh. Anyway, I hope I would have given them a case of food poisoning so bad, that they forget about humans.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 6):
I thought it was gay thing

Maybe, but knowing my boss, this definitely was not the kind of party where you expect to find those type of bears and/or cubs. You need to go to a club for that.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 1):
How did the others react ? Did you call some kind of animal control service or something ?

The others were surprised, however, the homeowner told us that this time of year, it´s not uncommon for them to get down to these suburbs. I had heard that too. They are looking for food, as their cubs have been born in the spring and Momma bear is looking for stuff to feed them and herself, I suppose. So he was not that surprised. A lot tried to creep to the grill to get pics and such. I hope I can post some here later in the week.

[Edited 2012-07-11 10:08:53]


MGGS
User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
It was too much for me, I turned around and ran back to the party.

Actually the very thing you are NOT supposed to do. Although I know it's much more easily said than done, you should slowly back away - facing the bear but not looking it in the eye. It all sounds good in theory but I am sure it's a different scenario when you're actually in an encounter. My bear experiences have all been pretty benign. Never came across a mama with cubs (thank goodness). Mostly I've just seen them at a distance of 50 - 100 meters as they were browsing in meadows. That's good enough for me. Close enough to shoot some photos, far enough away to avoid a conflict. Glad every worked out OK for you.


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6138 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
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Quoting ER757 (Reply 9):
Actually the very thing you are NOT supposed to do. Although I know it's much more easily said than done, you should slowly back away - facing the bear but not looking it in the eye.

I understand what you are saying and I know what I did is not what´s recommended by all the experts out there. But I took a calculated risk. The other guests which were about 25 (life insurance salesmen, ironically) were no farther than 10 meters away. I figured if Mama caught me, the other 25 would help and she would backtrack. If I had been alone in the woods, sure, I would have done excatly what you suggest.



MGGS
User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3942 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 10):
The other guests which were about 25 (life insurance salesmen, ironically)

Ah, that explains why nobody did anything - they probably thought it was part of the entertainment. I heard those life insurance salesman events can get pretty wild...  



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

I know of someone who lives in Northern New Jersey who has been too close to bears several times around hers and neighbors homes. So far, she hasn't panicked or done some dumb move to cause her to be attacked.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
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Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
But alas, she did not chase me.

Sorry, I had to laugh when I read that. 'Alas' here means that you are totally sorry the bear did not chase you! I guess from context you are in fact pretty glad she chose not to.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
guzzling a nice bottle of tequila hoping to get unconscious. Xanax is helping too.

Dude, benzodiazepines and tequila are not a good mix! Watch you don't get too unconscious there!



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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2274 times:
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Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
She growled but did not move.

I did not growled back and much less moved.

I laughed out loud at that!

Quoting mt99 (Reply 6):
I thought it was gay thing

Reading the thread title, I thought it was a Chicago thing!



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3066 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2257 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
Quoting mt99 (Reply 6):
I thought it was gay thing

Reading the thread title, I thought it was a Chicago thing!

Don't doubt for a second that there are some hungry (and tasty) "bears" be found in Chicago, but this thread is about an encounter with an actual mammal of the ursine variety. However, if memory serves correctly, our AR385 is not the least bit interested in "bears", so his overall reaction probably would have been much the same if he had been approached by a "bear" and four "cubs" as it was when he encountered a literal bear and four cubs.  

Now that my lame attempt at humor has been duly posted, I must say that I expect a bear with four cubs would be desperately hungry since two cubs is the normal litter size, and mama bear is having to work double time to keep her cubs and herself fed. No wonder the cubs looked skinny.



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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2245 times:
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Quoting TSS (Reply 15):

Don't doubt for a second that there are some hungry (and tasty) "bears" be found in Chicago,

Regarding my post:

Not gay people, but sports teams:

Chicago Bears
Chicago Cubs



"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6138 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 13):
Sorry, I had to laugh when I read that. 'Alas' here means that you are totally sorry the bear did not chase you! I guess from context you are in fact pretty glad she chose not to.

thanks for teaching me the correct context of that expression. I used it as automatically as I´ve read several times. English is not my native language.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
I laughed out loud at that!

Glad you did. I was trying hard not to dirty my underwear.

Quoting TSS (Reply 15):
Don't doubt for a second that there are some hungry (and tasty) "bears" be found in Chicago, but this thread is about an encounter with an actual mammal of the ursine variety. However, if memory serves correctly, our AR385 is not the least bit interested in "bears",

Actually I´m into twinks. But I do not mind the occassional bear. I am one myself.



MGGS
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 5):
There is an issue here that needs to be dealt with, make sure a report goes to the California state department of fish and wildlife. They need to know that a Bear has lost its fear of humans, they should be able to catch and relocate momma to a less densely populated area. A bear acting as you described has become way to used to people and will eventually become a danger to herself, her cubs and any random people she meets.

Very good point. Thanks for bringing that up.

I'm told that if confronted by a bear, stand up, make your self big, wave your arms, and yell at it to go away.
http://jeffreytrust.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/scaring-a-bear-away/

I'm not sure if this will work with a she-bear with cubs, though.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 6):

I thought it was gay thing
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
Reading the thread title, I thought it was a Chicago thing!

       Two very valid and very disparate associations, I must say! Hilarious!

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 13):
Dude, benzodiazepines and tequila are not a good mix! Watch you don't get too unconscious there!

He just survived a she-bear with cubs, dude. I think that's his goal. But seriously, be careful with this mix. Take too much of either and you could very well stop breathing. Would suck to survive a she-bear without a scratch and then die of EtOH/Benzodiazepine poising.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Also, a very cool, and tangentially on-topic video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVMBdi4dgME


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2090 times:
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Be glad it wasn't a grizzly (don't remember where I first saw this):

http://www.vksphoto.com/photos/i-K4rskzG/0/XL/i-K4rskzG-XL.jpg



"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6138 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 13):
Dude, benzodiazepines and tequila are not a good mix! Watch you don't get too unconscious there!
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
But seriously, be careful with this mix. Take too much of either and you could very well stop breathing. Would suck to survive a she-bear without a scratch and then die of EtOH/Benzodiazepine poising.

I ought to have added the disclaimer "do not try this at home". I know the risks of mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines. I was being facetitous in that part of my writing. I do know, due to my previous occupation that appears as current in my profile about many medications. Anti-sychotics, Anti-depresants, anxiety medications and benzos. I know the dosages at which they become dangerous when mixed with alcohol.

That said, when the adrenaline rush disappeared I was at home and very scared, and anxious. I never thought I was in danger of dying, but it all sort of hit all of a sudden. So I took a couple of Xanax and a couple shots of Tequila. Nothing dangerous. I do realize the dangers of ingesting a whole bottle of 80 proof liquor and more tahn 20 benzo pills. But that was not the case. I am sorry If anyone got the wrong idea. And please, do not try it.

It was and still is, one of the scariest experiences of my life, funny story aside.



MGGS
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