When in bear country

Last weekend we participated in the Anchorage DoG Jog. We got to know a new trail that is normally closed to dogs during winter (xc skiers only) and definitely bear country during summer. Hundreds of people ran/walked this trail during this event, so bears were not an issue that day.

There was lots of bear “evidence” everywhere.
A good reminder of bear country safety:
1. Travel in large groups
2. Make noise (our doggies wear bells in their leashes). Most of the time bears will want to avoid you, they just need to hear you.
3. Avoid food in the trails. If you are to bring a snack avoid smelly stuff. You might be OK with packaged stuff such as an energy bar, but bring a zip lock to carry your garbage.
4. Carry bear spray and check the wind direction before using it.



18 Responses to “When in bear country”

  1. hutchagoodlife

    Looks like you are having great fun there

    Happy Wednesday

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil

  2. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom

    I’m glad you guys were out there with such a large group… safety in numbers!

    • snowieners

      I’m all about safety, especially when it comes to bears. It must be because I didn’t grow up in this environment, but I feel uncomfortable when in small groups. There are lots of people who hike/ bike / fish in bear country alone!

  3. SUGAR: Golden Woofs

    FUN FUN event. Did you get a photo of a bear? Happy BlogPaws WW. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • snowieners

      Not this time, but I have some pics from other times. Great idea Sugar. I’ll work on the blog posting.

  4. Paws and Pedals (@pawsandpedalsoz)

    Bears!!!! None in our neck of the woods & thankfully none on your walk. Looked fun!

  5. Peppino

    That looks like lots of fun!! I love seeing all the dogs! It’s very nice they do that on a trail where you couldn’t or wouldn’t normally walk.

  6. thatjenk

    Looks like a great way to spend a day!
    Instead of bells or spray, we carry a “bear banger” when hiking/camping in the mountains. It’s essentially just a really loud flare, and it has worked successfully when a grizzly was encountered.
    I also don’t know if there’s any truth to this, but apparently the “magic number” for a dogs+humans hiking group that will keep a bear at bay is 5. Guess that means the Husband and I should consider getting a third dog! lol

    • snowieners

      That’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I will add it to our hiking items!

  7. Miss Harper Lee

    What a fun event, and thank you for the bear tips . . . which I hope we never, ever need!

  8. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)

    What fun. We thought it was scary here with coyotes, but Bears! AACCKK!

    • snowieners

      We have coyotes here too! Being so small we also worry about lynx, eagles, ravens,moose, beavers and porcupines. I am always keeping them from exploring the off-trail for that same reason.
      Alaska is wild!

  9. FleaByte

    Bear spray? What the heck is bear spray? Does it really work?

    • snowieners

      It’s essentially pepper spray but in a huge can. In the case of a bear attack, you are supposed to aim to the bear eyes, so you have time to get away. That is if the air is not blowing towards your direction. I’ve never used it in a real situation.

  10. sassmuffinss

    Don’t live where there are bears, but wish I did! Very interesting.

  11. Oz the Terrier

    What fun! I’m so glad you didn’t run into any bears. Yikers!

  12. Marcie

    Looks like lots of walkers got out to enjoy the event. Sounds like the bears were going to stay clear of that trail with that large of a turnout, shew!

  13. Carol Bryant

    That looks like you had a blast! Happy WW from the BlogPaws hop!

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