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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yogi, The Bear Bandit

Not long ago, a colleague of ours sent us some photos of his friends’ new car, which was attacked by a bear.  This is his story:

While visiting family in northern Montana his colleague went hiking and left her new car parked in a parking area.  The car was left unlocked.  While hiking a curious bear opened one of the doors of the new car and went inside.  While the bear was exploring the inside of the vehicle a gust of wind blew the door shut.  It panicked.  Finally, after destroying the inside of the car it broke out the back window and escaped.  The lesson: lock your doors.

Being in the wilderness can be dangerous.  Not just to your car, but to you as well.  Here are some recommendations for a hiker of any level.  Thomas Funke, an experienced hiker himself, wrote 50 Hikes In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and suggests some “bear” necessities to bring along for a good hike.  He suggests carrying a daypack with (at least) these items:  a map, a compass, water, extra food, extra clothes, a signal maker, a knife, a fire starter, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.  You may also want to carry rope, duct tape, an extra blanket, bug spray, toilet paper, a shovel, and some sunscreen.
Wear the correct footwear for your hike; backpacking or hiking boots.  And follow Leave No Trace ethics.

    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Leave What You Find
    • Minimize Camp Fire Impacts
    • Respect Wildlife
    • Be Considerate of other visitors
No one wants a bear destroying their vehicle.  Lock the doors.  No hiker wants to be lost, hurt or stranded.  Above all, leave an itinerary with someone, just in case.

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