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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hank Hall Oct 11, 2014. 11 Replies

Given the shocking (and unprecedented) fatal bear attack in Apshawa Preserve, I'm wondering if hikers intend to change their hiking plans (at least for the next few weeks). It does seem the hikers in…Continue

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Hank Hall replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Again, to be fair to the hikers, if they followed what seems to be the "conventional wisdom" about NJ black bears, they would have assumed that the bear was harmless and that the other hikers were overreacting.  The lesson here is…"
Oct 11, 2014
Nicholas Rinaldi replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Here's some new information taken from a nj.com article. West Milford Police Chief Timothy Storbeck said that two hikers told Patel and his four friends that an aggressive black bear had stalked them for about 10 minutes. The couple…"
Oct 10, 2014
Hank Hall replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Of course we do.  What more is there to know?  Wild animals can be dangerous under certain circumstances.    "
Oct 9, 2014
jerseytrekker replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Everybody is making good points on this thread.  I hate to see the media blow this bizarre incident out of proportion.  Bears and humans are sharing a habitat and that can lead to conflict.   I don't see bears in the Pine Barrens…"
Oct 8, 2014
Hank Hall replied to AK's discussion Bears
"I think we will see more there eventually as there are bears down there, just not many.  Migration through the midsection of the state I think presents the biggest barrier.  There are corridors for wildlife to pass through heavily traveled…"
Oct 8, 2014
Nicholas Rinaldi replied to AK's discussion Bears
"the current population estimates of bears in the state, are between 2,400 & 2,800, which is down from an estimate of 3,200 before the bear hunts resumed in 2010. That doesn't sound like a lot but this is the actually the estimate for bears…"
Oct 8, 2014
Hank Hall replied to AK's discussion Bears
"That's not been stated in any report about the attack.  This was a bear that was far too comfortable around humans, which is the problem with a large portion of the bear population in New Jersey.  Younger, smaller bears like this one…"
Oct 3, 2014
jerseytrekker replied to AK's discussion Bears
"The most logical explanation for the bear's aggressive pursuit is that someone dropped a granola bar.  I have had many close encounters with black bears and never found them to be aggressive at all."
Oct 2, 2014
Hank Hall replied to AK's discussion Bears
"There's really no reason to change hiking plans either temporarily or permanently.  What happened to the hiker at Apshawa could have happened to anyone, so you really either need to make the choice to go into the woods or not.…"
Sep 25, 2014
AK replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Thanks, Dawn. There just seem to be more bears around this year than usual,  so being alert is even more warranted than usual. "
Sep 25, 2014
njHiking.com replied to AK's discussion Bears
"Hello AK - This was a sad but extremely rare incident. We won't be changing anything and will just be alert and cautious as usual. As far as I know, bear spray in NJ is limited to 3/4 of an ounce. Not sure if that would be enough to deter, and…"
Sep 25, 2014
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Bears

Given the shocking (and unprecedented) fatal bear attack in Apshawa Preserve, I'm wondering if hikers intend to change their hiking plans (at least for the next few weeks). It does seem the hikers in that case made a lot of mistakes, but it's still shocking. Most NJ bears I've seen run away as fast as they can. Also, do most NJ hikers carry bear spray ? I've carried it before in some of the Western Parks with grizzlies, but its large and unwieldy (and I was concerned then about it's going off…See More
Sep 25, 2014
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"Hello AK - welcome to the site! -Dawn"
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At 10:15am on September 25, 2014, njHiking.com said…

Hello AK - welcome to the site!

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