Mountain bike collision with grizzly bear...

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  1. Tvov

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ollision-grizzly-forest-service-cop/98828300/

    Yikes. Did not end well for forest service officer who was mountain biking off duty. RIP, and prayers for his family.

    Maybe a case of becoming too familiar with the area, and not being prepared? Neither he nor his friend had firearms, bear spray, or even a cell phone. And then, when the friend went to the highway to flag down a car, the driver didn't have a cell phone. Just odd these days to run into people who don't have a cell phone. But... reading what happened, I don't know if anything could have saved him.

    The friend must feel terrible... but what could he have done? Drive off a pissed off grizzly when he had absolutely no weapons? Going to find help was probably the only logical thing to do.
     
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    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    BigDeeeeeeee Reluctantly Deplorable!

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    I came within inches of doing the same 30 years ago not far from there. I came to a stop face to face with a griz and fortunately he flinched. He spun away from me and took off down the road.
     
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    KBKEITH Problem Solver Platinum Member

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    That's just a nasty way to die. Prayers for his family.
     
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    Taco Junkie Practically a saint

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    Not sure what to say about this. He died doing what he loved. Not that it's good he died and the hands (paws) of a pissed off grizzly. But he knew the risks.

    Prayers for his hot, young widow. Not that I noticed. And yeah, I know. Too soon. But somebody was going to say it.
     
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    When I'm riding in the hills of BFE, I'm armed. Out there you likely have no phone and emergency service...I bring tools for my bike including chain tool, tire/tubes, levers, pump, hydration, etc, it's not a biggie to have a good bear spray or handgun.
    I'm a little surprised to hear a forest service officer not being armed in that country.
     
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    Sad, but almost a predictable encounter and end.

    A Forest Service employee should know, probably DID KNOW, the risks involved.

    Beautiful Country to live and die in.

    I wonder what the bear is telling his friends... There I was, taking a crap in the forest, minding my own business when outta nowhere...
     
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    Not really uncommon.


    I would venture that most of us who live in bear country probably venture into the wilderness unarmed more than we are packing.


    Bear maulings are very few and very far between. Most just accept that if it's your time, it's your time.
     
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    No weapon, no bear spray, no phone. Did not make any noise.
     
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    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    Prayers sent. tom.
     
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    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Gold Member

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    Bear attack/defense expert, too??

    You're a regular jack of all trades!
     
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    A friend took a tight turn on a mountain trail with a brand new dirt bike thirty years and drove right into the ass of a bull moose. He got knocked off but the bike ended up under the animal. While he tried to shake out the cobwebs the bull absolutely trashed his brand new bike, then slowly walked back into the bush.
     
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    How sad.
    Aside from grabbing the bike by the tire and swinging at the bear's head like Derek Jeter, what the heck can ya' do without protection?

    Mom told me to always wear protection.
    She was right.
     
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    So the guy is riding balls-out and can't avoid what's on the trail after blind corners.

    What if it was a girl scout troupe on the trail? He woulda messed them up.
     
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    pipedreams "Knowledge Speaks - Wisdom Listens,"

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    With two broken wrists, bear spray or a gun isn't going to do him much good.
     
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    Situational awareness was unfortunately absent.

    Not sure what the guys riding partner could have otherwise done once the Ranger was riding the bear.
     
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    I had the same thought. But his buddy's bear spray and /or gun may have saved his life.
     
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    pipedreams "Knowledge Speaks - Wisdom Listens,"

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    I had the same thought but they were both traveling lite and charging a 300+pound angry bear on top of your friend takes a pair.