Skip to comments.Hiker Survives 3 Months in Wilderness Following Bear Attack [maybe ate his dog, who saved him]
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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ping for bizarre
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.
He is now.
It’s a movie ....Old Yeller redux.
"What one man can do, another man can do."
Plenty of questions here that need answers but one in particular is did he have a gun or did the Bear eat it.
Nope. not even close. A FReeper would kill the bear to save the dog.
Kanawa, I’d love to hear your comment on this story. :)
I like the fact that my dog(s) like(-s) to walk point.
Did you click the link?
Ate his dog? Sounds like Obama.
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.
Many guns are prohibited in Canada.
Nope. I knew it was him, and noticed you hadn’t pinged him. (then you did while I was posting)...
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.
Cool, I figured you’d know. I wish I could find the anti pitbull thread where he covers his face with BBQ sauce.
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.
do bear bags have charcoal liners?
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.
Don’t neglect protecting your dog(s).
I’m guessing a dog like that, you don’t eat all at once.
Who should prevent him from acquiring another dog?
Obama: “Yummmm, tastes like Chicken”
Dog — the Bounty Hunter
Then he wasn't attacked by a bear!
“If you want to keep the dog you currently have, you can — unless you ate it.”
I don't know why, but that part of your post made me laugh out loud here all by myself...:)
That right there is a statement that would benefit from some explanation!
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...
Talk about no gratitude.
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”.
LOL The lessons are free but they ain’t cheap!
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.
>> “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.
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.
>> “I’ll bet its hearing is equally acute...” <<
You bet! - He can hear my car keys jingle from two blocks away.
COULD be another of Obama’s sons.
He eats dog!
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.
Your points are well taken.
I’m pretty sure it happened in NW Canada, and the lost hiker was from Quebec.
The 1972 Andean plane crash and Donner Party come to mind.....I’m sure there are more.
I love that movie.
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.
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