Thursday, July 29, 2010

Be Careful Where You Camp...!

Anytime you go camping where there is an active wildlife population, there are certain rules you need to pay attention to!

Behind these rules is the experience of a lot of long time outdoors folks, and a good helping of old fashioned common sense!

The story below is a good example of just what can happen when you don't take the proper precautions, or even if you do!

Sometimes, just choosing the right area to go camping in can make all the difference, ya know?

1 dead, 2 injured in bear attack at MT campground

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
July 28, 2010, 4:30PM

HELENA, Mont. — At least one bear rampaged through a campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as the animal tore through tents.

Three separate attacks left a male dead and a female and another male injured at the Soda Butte campground. The female suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, and the surviving male was bitten on his calf. Both were hospitalized in Cody, Wyo.

Wildlife officials did not release the identities or ages of the victims. A response team was being sent to piece together what happened.

"We don't know if it was one bear, two bears, a black bear or grizzly bear," Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said. "Obviously, the bear's gone now. Will it come back tonight? That's the question."

Authorities were setting traps and seeking bear hair, saliva and droppings while measuring the bite wounds of victims to determine the type and number of bears involved in the attack.

Park County dispatchers took a 911 call early Wednesday from a male reporting that a bear had bitten his ankle and was tearing up tents, Aasheim said. Dispatchers got two more calls, including one from a man who said a bear bit the leg of his daughter's boyfriend.

At 3:50 a.m., park officials went through the campground to advise campers to get into their cars. A half-hour later, the dead male was discovered at a campsite. Authorities then evacuated the campground, sending campers to nearby hotels.

It was not immediately clear how many people were in the campground at the time.

The same campground was the site of a 2008 attack in which a grizzly bear bit and injured a man sleeping in a tent. A young adult female grizzly was captured in a trap four days after the attack and transported to a bear research center at Washington State University in Pullman.

The 10-acre Soda Butte campground has 27 sites for tents and recreational vehicles in Gallatin National Forest, some five miles from the northeastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

It is located just off the mountainous Beartooth Highway about 125 miles southwest of Billings.

"It is a populated area for bears, not just grizzly bears but black bears," Gallatin National Forest spokeswoman Marna Daley said.

The campground, which is run by the U.S. Forest Service, has been closed, as well as two other nearby campgrounds, Daley said. Forest Service officials will consider closing more campgrounds after consulting with state wildlife officials leading the investigation, she said.

Folks, there are so many ways to help protect yourself in the wild, even if it's a park, that you would be very foolish NOT to use caution in setting up your campsite.

If you are not familiar with the area or the cautionary rules, please do your homework before you undertake your camping trip! Don't let a careless mistake ruin your camping trip, or even your life!

Remember this, the area you are camping in is the domain of some predatory animals , and to a lot of are little more than dinner!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit before it rains! Mother Nature can be mean when she wants to!


Catman said...

Yogi and Boo Boo on a rampage!

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...
Not your ordinary bear, I guess!

Sad way to end a camping trip! Just have to be careful at all times...

Thanks, buddy, for the visit!

womanwisdom said...

hi uncle hermitJim! i'm back! still remember? it's been actually a year now since i started blogging and visiting your blog which i really enjoyed! this is a chance i'd like to take to express my thanks! it's summer there, and it's the rainy season over here...everything green and beautiful though.

yes, Mother nature can be mean...we've got so much flooding, but just because we weren't cooperating with Her! :( we can't have it all...

would really like to experience the American wilds when i visit perhaps someday soon...

happy to have coffee...been missing that! smiles from these islands!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

It´s so tragick when things like this happens. But camping in the wild with these big animals around is dangerous. Unfortunally many people thinks that bears are just big and cuddly. As You say, do Your homework before camoping inn these places.
Take care now!

Momlady said...

Perhaps we should stop intruding in their territory.

Ben in Texas said...

Ok, I'll see your bears and raise you some alligators!!! copy and paste that or make it clickable.

Now you just watch, some nutzo will come along and declare that the World is ending cause of all the animal attaches on humans being where they shouldn't be.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Bears can smell food for miles. They have been known to break into locked cars to get at food. That is what attracts them to human camp sites. We humans are not too tidy and leave traces of food that attracts wildlife of all types.

When in bear country, keep all foods sealed in air tight containers.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special Friend,
Yes its the food that brings them to campsites mostley and you should always have bear or hornet spray at the reach. We are in their backyard.
Mother nature is giving us a run for our money up here too so much rain but at least we don't have to worry about fires in our mountains. Pass the pot please.

HermitJim said...

Hey Weena...
Long time, no see! Good of you to come by again!

I do hope all is well there in the islands, and that you and your family are in good health!

Thank you for coming over today! Don't stay away so long!

Hey Christer...
You probably don't have animals of that size to deal with around your place, do you?

Sorry, but I don't know that much about the animals in Sweden.

I'm not going camping in a place where bears regularly come to feed! No need to take chances!

Thanks, buddy, for dropping by today!

Hey Momlady...
Not a bad idea at all! Best way to avoid a meeting with them is stay away!

You have a great day...and thanks for the visit!

Hey Ben...
Why in thew world would anyone want to take a boat into the area with that many alligators looking for dinner?

I can think of many more pleasant places to take my boat, ya know?

Thanks for the link, buddy, and for coming by today!

Hey Dizzy...
That's one of those common sense rules I was talking about! Keeping food out of the reach of all the critters...!

Why would some people need to be told this? Seems to me that it would be a primary activity when camping, ya know?

Thanks for the visit this morning buddy!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

If you go in bear country carry bear spray. Even thou the bears are smarter then us,at leasy we need to make a good showing. With the new carry laws you can now carry in federal parks. I know if the bear spray didn't work, I'll bet my 44mag would improve the results. Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
I know that fires are a big concern around there, but with all the rain this year, I would think you will be good for a while!

Watch out for the local critters, sweetie!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mechanic...
I read an article yesterday about a guy that successfully used some bear spray! Bet he was glad it worked like it was supposed to!

We just have to be careful and most of all, aware!

Tanks, my friend, for coming by today!

Bob Mc said...

Park bears are the worst of the bunch. They have no fear of humans, and are trouble looking for a place to happen. This incident may have been outside the actual park, but close enough. I live in bear country, and have camped and hunted in bear country for most of my life. I avoid parks like the plague.

Ken said...

...kinda trumps my waking up with a family of field mice in my sleeping bag one cool morning in MAY in michigans u.p. huh ???

Tatersmama said...

My cousin has a place at Tahoe, and the neighbors are surrounding their houses with barbed wire...
It's such a simple thing to keep thing tidy and everything locked away... but you would never catch me in a tent in bear territory! I had a run in with a brown bear once, and I've never forgotten it!

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
Guess it's because of people being careless with their food and stuff!

I'd have to follow the lead of an experienced perso such as your self! Figure you would know the local wildlife a lot better than me!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Hey Ken...
That must have gotten your attention! Wouldn't be too bad if they didn't move around a lot!

Did you have to change your jeans when you found them? I probably would, for sure!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

Hey Kate...
I reckon that these things are a problem all over, but I know the folks around Tahoe were probably never counting on this being a part of the scenery!

Never seen a bear up close and personal, and don't really want too!

Thanks for your visit today, my friend!

Rae said...

A little common sense goes a long way. Some people forget it when they go camping. After all, the territory belongs to the wildlife in the first place. It should be our place to obey their rules, then there wouldn't be instances like this one.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rae...
Mother Nature is not a forgiving hostess sometimes! You can't tempt wild animals and expect them to not react!

Only by being aware of the surroundings and of the wildlife, can we prevent any more things like this!

Thanks, lady, for dropping in today!