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Depends. How big is the family? Seriously. Hiking as a family basically


guarantees you're good to go. Glacier NP, probably the best park to study the interactions of growing grizzly populations and park visitors, has some incredible statistics on not only attacks, but also bluff charges and just general encounters. Folks hiking as a family (more than 2 people) basically have no chance of even a bluff encounter; just the nature of multiple people, talking, footsteps, etc.

Just don't surprise the bear, and you're usually good to go. Attacks in Glacier in recent years was someone picking berries off trail (in pre-hibernation gorging season, also the day before my last visit) and a mountain biker outside the park who surprised a bear on trail. People just hiking along and talking is usually enough to avoid surprises (bear bells don't work, noise doesn't carry like voices).

Obviously being unlucky and having a bear's cubs wander towards you, or getting between them and mama, all bets are off and you're just in the wrong place.

My old man and I saw multiple grizz in Glacier, including a mama and cub who wandered on or near the trail, spotting them off and on for a few miles. Also plenty of signs of bear activity on trail. But nothing concerning. Now the bighorn sheep that walked up the trail and stared us down (we were standing off trail waiting for him to pass), that was a tense moment from about six feet. If he decided we were a threat, I'm not sure we'd have any unbroken ribs remaining. Almost had to bear spray a sheep. Photo below.

(In response to this post by BrevardHoo)


Posted: 03/15/2017 at 2:05PM



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