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Hiker Survives 3 Months in Wilderness Following Bear Attack [maybe ate his dog, who saved him]
ABC News ^ | Nov. 1, 2013 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN

Posted on 11/04/2013 12:09:55 PM PST by Daffynition

A hiker was rescued after surviving a bear attack and spending three months, exposed to snow and freezing temperatures, in a remote corner of northern Canada, police said.

Police located Marco Lavoie, 44, in the wilderness near Waskaganish, Quebec, on Wednesday, 10 days after his family reported him missing and nearly a month after the experienced outdoorsman was expected to return from a two month hiking expedition.

Police believe Lavoie survived the bear attack uninjured, sometime in August, when his German shepherd got in between the man and the bear, Sgt. Ronald McInnis, spokesman for the Quebec Provincial Police told ABCNews.com.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bear; dog; dogs; maul; rescue
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Lavoie was *NOT* experienced. He had no business out there unprepared.
1 posted on 11/04/2013 12:09:55 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping for bizarre


2 posted on 11/04/2013 12:13:37 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Daffynition

The article states that the bear eat his food and damaged his survival equipment. Appears he may have been prepared prior to the bear attack. He must be one tough guy.


3 posted on 11/04/2013 12:16:24 PM PST by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go!)
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To: Daffynition
Lavoie was *NOT* experienced.

He is now.

4 posted on 11/04/2013 12:18:30 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Destroy patriotism & government will fall. Tamper with love of country & you'll have revolution)
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To: TaMoDee
Not as tough as a FReeper.
5 posted on 11/04/2013 12:19:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: TaMoDee

It’s a movie ....Old Yeller redux.


6 posted on 11/04/2013 12:20:18 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: kanawa

ping


7 posted on 11/04/2013 12:21:36 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Daffynition
Police located Marco Lavoie, 44, in the wilderness near Waskaganish, Quebec, on Wednesday, 10 days after his family reported him missing and nearly a month after the experienced outdoorsman was expected to return from a two month hiking expedition. Police believe Lavoie survived the bear attack uninjured, sometime in August, when his German shepherd got in between the man and the bear, Sgt. Ronald McInnis, spokesman for the Quebec Provincial Police told ABCNews.com.

"What one man can do, another man can do."

8 posted on 11/04/2013 12:21:49 PM PST by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Daffynition

Plenty of questions here that need answers but one in particular is did he have a gun or did the Bear eat it.


9 posted on 11/04/2013 12:21:56 PM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; kanawa
Not as tough as a FReeper.

Nope. not even close. A FReeper would kill the bear to save the dog.

10 posted on 11/04/2013 12:23:24 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; kanawa

Kanawa, I’d love to hear your comment on this story. :)


11 posted on 11/04/2013 12:23:34 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I like the fact that my dog(s) like(-s) to walk point.


12 posted on 11/04/2013 12:24:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: null and void

Did you click the link?


13 posted on 11/04/2013 12:24:48 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Daffynition

Ate his dog? Sounds like Obama.


14 posted on 11/04/2013 12:25:23 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Daffynition

In the land of fang and claw if you ain’t got a gun you’re lunch.

Bet he had a lot of “Dude, what was I thinking?” moments.


15 posted on 11/04/2013 12:26:12 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Rappini

Many guns are prohibited in Canada.

http://www.gunownersresource.com/faq/what-guns-are-banned-in-canada/


16 posted on 11/04/2013 12:26:57 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Nope. I knew it was him, and noticed you hadn’t pinged him. (then you did while I was posting)...


17 posted on 11/04/2013 12:27:00 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: TaMoDee

Before going out to areas like that he needed to know how to keep his supplies from attracting bears and in a way bears could not eat his food. He also needed a firearm so he could have saved himself from the bears. I don’t know if he was allowed a firearm but for me that would be a good reason not to go if I was not going to be able to protect myself.


18 posted on 11/04/2013 12:27:02 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: null and void

Cool, I figured you’d know. I wish I could find the anti pitbull thread where he covers his face with BBQ sauce.


19 posted on 11/04/2013 12:28:23 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Daffynition

Interesting story


20 posted on 11/04/2013 12:29:00 PM PST by plain talk
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To: TaMoDee

Hours from being a dead tough guy.

Not much detail on the bear portion of the story.

When in Bear country and not moving food should be hung in Bear bags or similar devices - and your campsite kept as clean as possible to cut down on smells.

Since much of his equipment went with the food it must be assumed he either just stopped, was packed to move or moving and the gear was destroyed while the bear went after the food.

He was camping prior to the Bear attack. He was surviving after the Bear atack. In surviving you make do with what you have. He wasn’t doing so well in the surviving department as the authorities said he was hours from death.


21 posted on 11/04/2013 12:33:53 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: PeteB570

do bear bags have charcoal liners?


22 posted on 11/04/2013 12:40:29 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Never bring a knife to a bear fight…
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23 posted on 11/04/2013 12:41:00 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Daffynition

That story is like an episode of “I shouldn’t be alive.” I thought it was one of the best shows in tv. I wish they’d bring it back.


24 posted on 11/04/2013 12:41:27 PM PST by jonathonandjennifer
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To: Tammy8

Don’t neglect protecting your dog(s).


25 posted on 11/04/2013 12:44:23 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Daffynition

I’m guessing a dog like that, you don’t eat all at once.


27 posted on 11/04/2013 12:48:42 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: Uncle Chip
"This guy is a real sh*t and shouldn't ever be allowed to own another dog."

Who should prevent him from acquiring another dog?

28 posted on 11/04/2013 12:48:54 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Daffynition

Obama: “Yummmm, tastes like Chicken”


29 posted on 11/04/2013 12:52:53 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Dog — the Bounty Hunter


30 posted on 11/04/2013 12:54:14 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Daffynition
Lavoie survived the bear attack uninjured

Then he wasn't attacked by a bear!

31 posted on 11/04/2013 12:55:04 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Zathras

“If you want to keep the dog you currently have, you can — unless you ate it.”


32 posted on 11/04/2013 12:58:54 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"...anti pitbull thread where he covers his face with BBQ sauce..."

I don't know why, but that part of your post made me laugh out loud here all by myself...:)

33 posted on 11/04/2013 1:05:57 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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"Cool, I figured you’d know. I wish I could find the anti pitbull thread where he covers his face with BBQ sauce."

That right there is a statement that would benefit from some explanation!

34 posted on 11/04/2013 1:09:55 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Daffynition

Lost in Quebec?

Isn’t that just about the same as getting lost in Central Park? Well, except for the pigeons and the rats, I mean...


35 posted on 11/04/2013 1:10:23 PM PST by djf (Global warming is turning out to be a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Daffynition

Talk about no gratitude.


36 posted on 11/04/2013 1:11:25 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

The Freeper in question owns several pitbulls, and he let them lick the sauce off in response to a poster who posted something to the effect “you’ll think differently when one rips your face off”.


37 posted on 11/04/2013 1:23:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

LOL The lessons are free but they ain’t cheap!


38 posted on 11/04/2013 1:26:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tammy8
Before going out to areas like that he needed to know how to keep his supplies from attracting bears and in a way bears could not eat his food.

Easier said than done. I have read that a bear can smell a can of tuna even if you've removed the label and washed the can. As for keeping the food out of a bear's reach all the time you wouldn't be able to hike very far if your food is hung from a tree 24-7. Sooner or later you'll have to put it on your back and walk.

39 posted on 11/04/2013 1:33:49 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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>> “I have read that a bear can smell a can of tuna even if you’ve removed the label and washed the can” <<

.
My cat can definitely do that.


40 posted on 11/04/2013 1:36:40 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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I'll bet its hearing is equally acute...


41 posted on 11/04/2013 1:40:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Rappini; Daffynition
Provincial Parks in Ontario restrict all firearms for tourists, but doesn't include Park Rangers or Canadian Indigenous personnel. Indigenous personnel can freely shoot game for their annual potlatches, but I've also noticed all beaver and other fur animals are missing along gravel secondary roads.

There are some good lessons in both what to do and what not to do from the incident at Missinaibi Provincial Park with Dr. Jacqueline Perry. I personally remember 2 other bear attacks that resulted in 3 deaths in Algonquin Provincial Park.

42 posted on 11/04/2013 1:41:38 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: TigersEye

>> “I’ll bet its hearing is equally acute...” <<

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You bet! - He can hear my car keys jingle from two blocks away.


43 posted on 11/04/2013 1:52:20 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Daffynition

COULD be another of Obama’s sons.

He eats dog!


44 posted on 11/04/2013 2:43:30 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: TigersEye

They do make bear canisters, and some hiking food is known for not being that attractive to bears. I realize if he planned to stay for a month he could not pack enough canisters due to weight- so would likely have to set up a base camp of sorts and circle back to replenish from a canister stash. Keeping food from bears is not easy but many manage to do it. I have a cousin that used to guide hunters for Kodiak bears and he knew many tricks since you don’t want to cross those bears for sure.

As I see it the worst mistake he made was not being armed, and I realize legally that may not have been allowed- but if not I wouldn’t have went to begin with. I used to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors and would not have considered going where I couldn’t be armed. Too many critters to deal with in different climates- not to mention every once in a while someone encounters people that are bad news.


45 posted on 11/04/2013 3:16:35 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: Tammy8

Your points are well taken.


46 posted on 11/04/2013 3:18:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: djf

I’m pretty sure it happened in NW Canada, and the lost hiker was from Quebec.


47 posted on 11/04/2013 5:01:00 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Safetgiver

The 1972 Andean plane crash and Donner Party come to mind.....I’m sure there are more.


48 posted on 11/04/2013 5:06:03 PM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Alex Murphy

I love that movie.


49 posted on 11/04/2013 5:46:37 PM PST by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I am pretty experienced. I done a lot of adventure things. I would never walk two months through a wilderness without a sat phone or rescue beacon.

I know a lot of people poo poo high tech stuff. I still shoot film cameras. But sometimes walking into the wilderness like that is just stupid.


50 posted on 11/04/2013 5:48:47 PM PST by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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