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I had a black bear and her two cubs come through my camp while camping in a state park (in an area where I thought there were no bears), but I have often taken solace in the fact that eastern black bears just never seem to attack and kill people. All the stories of black bear fatalities seem to orginate in the western U.S.

Well, this bear munched on a two year old and a six year old and their mama, killing the six year old, and it was right close to home for the members of this site.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12309606/

Of course, carry in State parks in illegal in Georgia. Keep that in mind.
 

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The story mentions another Tennessee fatality of which I was unaware in 2000.
 

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Gunsite bear rules

Just a reminder from Coopers Comments

In view of the recent bear fatalities in Alaska it may be time to re-issue the five Gunsite Bear Rules, as follow:
Be alert.
Take bears seriously. They are not cuddly.
Never enter bear country on foot without a powerful firearm and the skill to use it well. (If this is not permitted, do not go.)
Do not pitch your camp on a bear thoroughfare, most particularly along the banks of a stream full of fish.
Be alert.
 

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Yeah, but those are Grizzlies in Alaska.

These are the normally reclusive black bear . . .
 

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UPDATE:

They are trying to bait the bear with donuts (insert joke here).


A firend of mine who hikes a lot up in that areas tells me that this is right next to a National Park, where carry is off limits by DOI regulations.
 

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Yeah, but those are Grizzlies in Alaska.

These are the normally reclusive black bear . . .
Bears are bears. The bear rules also apply to black bears. Black bears may attack less often, but that is like saying you are less likely to be mugged in a "nice" part of town.
 
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