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Does a Bear Shit in the Woods?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by leghog, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    No, he shits on the trail.

  2. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    This has been my experience as well. Totally unfair too, as trail etiquette requires me to go 200' off trail, dig a hole, do my business and cover. Bears act like they own the place!
  3. wazu013

    wazu013 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Did you find any rabbit fur?
  4. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Any bells, whistles or bear spray cans in that?--KV
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  5. The Warrior

    The Warrior Architect of Fire Moderator Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
  6. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    I do wear a large bear bell on my pack. I never see them, at least not while on the trail. My son sees dozens a year in the same haunts and on the same trails when he's out without me.
  7. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
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  8. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    The give away with bear poop is , in the right season , is seeds from things like blackberrys !
  9. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    My wife and I were just doing a section hike on the AT in North Carolina about 6 weeks ago. Around midnight my wife frantically woke me and said, "Heavy breathing!" She was sure our tent was being attacked by a bear. I listened for a second and responded, "It's a dog." and then tried to go back to sleep. "Are you sure?", she said. I knew she wasn't going to let me sleep until I verified what I already knew. So I got out of the tent and met and pet the two labs who came into camp late with their owner. Their owner was busy setting up camp and didn't realize there were other people camping in the area.
    The next day during a break, we met up with him and his dogs again. He was a local. My wife told him how the dogs had scared her half to death the previous night, thinking a bear was outside the tent. He said he'd been hiking this area for twelve years and only once saw a bear. "They know you are here long before you are aware of them and they always move off."
    I saw a bear 40 yards up the trail the very next day.
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  10. sam eib

    sam eib

    Apr 16, 2017
    Polar bears don't poop in the woods.
  11. Kootaga13

    Kootaga13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Does a chicken have lips?
    Does a rabbit have a sex life?
    Does a cat have a climbing gear?
    Am I off topic?
  12. 22-rimfire


    Nov 20, 2005
    In the Smokies, they seem to like to poop on the roads (or the trails).
  13. Yonose

    Yonose Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    Or empty .38 revolvers?
  14. Yonose

    Yonose Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    Made camp in Colorado Rockies awhile back for 3 weeks, woke up when mama bear started licking last nights pots, unwashed because I guess dishwasher got fired. I always slept outside the tent on the ground in summer so I could fall asleep looking at stars. I rolled over and went back to sleep, it being dawn and all. Only time I felt fear was when I could swear a big cat was watching me by a birch stand further up the mountain, I couldn't see her but the silence and my hair standing on end for no apparent reason had me on my toes
  15. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    The pups treed a bear by the house last week. Daisy is my silent dog and I have only heard her bark when something large is loose in the yard ... time before this it was a moose strolling through.

    Yes, like us, the animals seem to take an easy path, find the nibbles and berries growing in the sunlight along an open trail or roadside. Bear scat full of berries - sure ... if near human habitation, the odd plastic grocery bag too.
  16. Kootaga13

    Kootaga13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Where you all are, you ARE in the food chain.
    Where I'm currently located, I might have to worry about a rapid chipmunk. :eek:

    But, I envy you for having to look over your shoulder.
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  17. Yonose

    Yonose Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    A neighbor scared the bejesus out of me when Iwas 4 or 6 about squirrels with rabies! I still get predawn jitters when I sense an evil polecat shrieks that he ain't going to sleep
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  18. 4thpoint


    Sep 28, 2015
    You beat me to it, also ...Bears in the zoo's dont either.
    LOL My dad says "Does a Bear Shit in the Woods"? at least 2 to 3 times a day an I reply with the above answers.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2017
  19. sam eib

    sam eib

    Apr 16, 2017
    A bear can pretty much shit wherever it wants as far as I'm concerned.
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  20. JD Bear

    JD Bear Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    Why yes, yes I do...
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