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A Bear Story from Alaska
9/9/2013 | Cowgirl

Posted on 09/09/2013 9:14:42 PM PDT by Cowgirl

My husband called me tonight from a gold mine where he works in the interior of Alaska. I thought you might like to hear a bear story that was unusual. There is a guard gate to the mine and then a fifty mile dirt road that goes up steep hills. This guy was on his way up the hill when a caribou ran out of the woods and right into his truck. He gets out of the truck and looks at the injured caribou. Just then a black bear comes running out of the woods and grabs the caribou and finishes it off. The bear starts guarding the caribou on the road. The truck driver calls the guard gate to let them know how his truck was damaged and drives on up to the mine. I'm sure he was a little shaken but at least he didn't have to deal with an injured caribou.


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bearcaribou

1 posted on 09/09/2013 9:14:42 PM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Cowgirl

Wow, caribou are huge!


2 posted on 09/09/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
cariboo are a lot smaller than you thing...

thx cowgirl....interesting story....and a husband working a gold mine?...wow...

3 posted on 09/09/2013 9:19:12 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Cowgirl

Don’t mess with Grizzly in the Circle of Life!


4 posted on 09/09/2013 9:23:17 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Cowgirl

>> My husband called me tonight from a gold mine where he works

But YOU’RE not a gold digger, right? :-)

Interesting story. Including the fact that the “guard gate” is FIFTY MILES from the mine!


5 posted on 09/09/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yes, the guard gate is about ten miles from where I live and then a bus takes the guys to the mine. It is one of the largest in the world - Pogo.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 9:26:23 PM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Cowgirl
Some days you get the bear, other days the bear gets the cariboo.
7 posted on 09/09/2013 9:26:31 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Ken H

Caribou, too!


8 posted on 09/09/2013 9:27:47 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Cowgirl

Old advice to women seeking men in Alaska: “The odds are good but the goods are odd”. :))


9 posted on 09/09/2013 9:28:20 PM PDT by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: Cowgirl

called the guard gate?
not on cell phone .... CB radio?


10 posted on 09/09/2013 9:28:53 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Cowgirl
Very cool!

Pogo Mine

11 posted on 09/09/2013 9:30:31 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

They only let certain trucks up there so I guess they have a CB system.


12 posted on 09/09/2013 9:32:16 PM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Cowgirl

I’m thinking the bear must have been chasing the caribou and the truck “interfered” with the chase. The driver is very lucky that the bear didn’t decide to up the menu from caribou to long pig.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 9:34:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: NonValueAdded

I think so too. They guy said the bear was disturbed by his presence.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 9:37:24 PM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: cherry

I’ve seen ones in Denali that looked as big as a small horse (600 - 700 lbs I’m guessing).


15 posted on 09/09/2013 9:41:04 PM PDT by Errant
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To: NonValueAdded

Haha - Long Pig - haven’t heard that expression since I read Coral Island as a boy!


16 posted on 09/09/2013 9:53:42 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Jane Long
Don’t mess with Grizzly in the Circle of Life!

He's lucky it wasn't a grizzly.

17 posted on 09/09/2013 9:55:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: NonValueAdded

“The driver is very lucky that the bear didn’t decide to up the menu from caribou to long pig.”

You think that’s an “up”? Don’t you know all the nasty stuff long pig puts into it’s body? The bear’s probably health conscious and wanted something more organic.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 9:59:03 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Nervous Tick
REALLY Kewl.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 10:31:06 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Dental floss is too rigorous under the new standard.)
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To: Cowgirl
Pogo Mine pours two-millionth ounce of gold


20 posted on 09/09/2013 10:41:49 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Nailbiter

pind


21 posted on 09/09/2013 10:42:10 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: IncPen

I read this earlier


22 posted on 09/09/2013 10:43:46 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Cowgirl
I took this crummy photo in our back yard about 10 days ago. There are three (3) cubs and a mama bear in this scene and they have destroyed 2 plum trees and are woking on the pear. We live 2 miles from the Benderville city hall...

IMG_0997

23 posted on 09/09/2013 10:47:31 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

The trees are huge and so close together, really pretty.


24 posted on 09/10/2013 12:04:28 AM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Ken H

Just a note to anyone interested in working at Pogo. They hire from all over the US including the lower 48. You can fill out an application on the internet. People that live in the lower 48 usually work a month and off two weeks. After three promotions (usually years) you can work two weeks on and two weeks off if you want a pay cut. They feed everyone great and each person has their own room.
Mill operators usually start as laborers and graduate to mill operators after a six month trial period. If you have any questions, I try to answer them.


25 posted on 09/10/2013 12:09:04 AM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: tubebender

Is that Wisconsin?

Wow - had no idea the trees grow that big up north.

I’ve got family in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Nothing like that down there.


26 posted on 09/10/2013 12:52:05 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Cowgirl
...glad he's safe: kewl! stuff on Pogo info...
no doubt 0'Buttplug's minions are lookin' for
someway to shut them down, too

27 posted on 09/10/2013 2:22:34 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: tubebender

Guess you don’t walk around your back yard bare foot. Unless bears really do poop in the woods!


28 posted on 09/10/2013 2:33:21 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Cowgirl

J. Frank Dobie was the folklorist and author of a number of books about early Texas. He wrote a book simply entitled, “Longhorn”. He tells a story of riders working in Montana. They came upon a area of destruction within the timber. Finally they saw a dead grizzly and a short time later a big old longhorn near death and terribly torn to pieces. A shoulder was torn out and an eye was missing. They put the animal down but couldn’t believe that the longhorn had got the better of the grizzly.


29 posted on 09/10/2013 2:39:01 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Errant

Caribou typically weight up to 400 pounds, with unusually large males up to 700.

This compares to mule deer, up to 450 pounds, and elk up to 1300.


30 posted on 09/10/2013 3:14:04 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Cowgirl

31 posted on 09/10/2013 3:20:35 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: tubebender

32 posted on 09/10/2013 3:25:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: zeestephen

The trees are Redwoods in the northwestern corner of California. This property has been logged at least 3 times in the last 150 years and these are the suckers that come up from the stump. They are referred to as second growth Redwood...


33 posted on 09/10/2013 7:16:21 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender
There's a Benderville, WI, small town, north of Green Bay, right on Lake Superior, I think.

I'll guess you don't wander around your back yard at night admiring the stars!

Speaking of bears.....

I live just east of Seattle.

One of our City Council members owns a weekend home in the nearby Cascades.

This same time last year he took his dog out at bedtime and was attacked by a female bear.

Horrible wounds - the bear literally tried to chew his head right off his neck.

He still looks like a zombie after much plastic surgery.

The attack completely changed his personality, too.

Pre-attack, he was a relentless Conservative.

Now he's buckling under to the Progressives on our 50-50 City Council.

34 posted on 09/10/2013 10:32:34 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Benderville WI??? Impostors, off with their heads!!!
We are very aware of a possible attack and don’t wander out at night or agitate them by day. With 3 cubs she must forage 24/7 and her fall back is the town garbage cans. My current wife saw 4 cans tipped over on her 6am walk this morning


35 posted on 09/10/2013 5:43:24 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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