Is there a bear around that corner?

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Lake McDonald

On three separate occasions on this trip, I was alerted by passing hikers that they or someone else had just had a bear encounter on the trail I was on and in the direction I was headed.  Glacier has a large population of black bears and grizzlies.  I couldn't believe how common it would be to see them even on popular trails.  I have seen grizzlies in Alaska from the comfort of a bus, and many black bears even in populated areas on the east coast, but never I had felt so vulernable as hiking by myself totally unprepared.  I had no "bear bells", no pepper spray, no knife or any sort of protection.  Not that any of those things would have helped in a worst case scenario.  I found myself whistling and making noises so as not to surprise any unsuspecting bear as I came around the corner.  In the end, I saw four bears on this trip, but thankfully, every time was from inside a car.  It certainly made hiking a little more exciting with the paranoia of every noise heard in the woods.  It also gave me much more incentive to seek out other hikers to join. 

kingelvis14 says:
I know exactly what you mean about hiking in Alaska. I, too, was very nervous about coming upon a bear and getting mauled to death or eaten alive. I was with my daughter and not alone. I would never hike alone in bear country ~ very dangerous. I'm glad you didn't have an encounter:) Check out my Denali blog. We got some really good pictures of the wildlife but the mountain was hidden:( Maybe next time:)
Posted on: Feb 07, 2008
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