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post #1 of 16 Old 05-19-2013, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Bear! Route 9 east Stoddard, NH

South on 123 out of Stoddard, this afternoon, we headed east on 9 and after about a mile, I spot some large black thing leaning on the guardrail as I fast approach and as I zoom past at 75, it turns to look and I have eye-to-snout recognition that it's a big mother of a black bear!!! My buddy, trailing, said later that when he
saw what it was he prayed that it didn't enter the roadway! He says it growled or huffed as he rode past, too.

I always thought black bears were little 150-pound critters. This fellow sure looked a helluva lot bigger to us! And seeing him put the icing on the cake for a great day of riding southwest NH.
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-19-2013, 06:39 AM
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I have seen many living things while riding, but no bear or moose yet.
I almost ran over a 40 pound beaver in Lake George a few weeks ago!
Hope to see a moose or other creatures in June when we go to Laconia and through northwestern New Hampshire to Montreal.
I doubt we will see any large animals besides NYS troopers at N.E.V.A. in August.

Safe riding, glad the bear didn't choose the blacktop!

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I always thought black bears were little 150-pound critters. This fellow sure looked a helluva lot bigger to us! And seeing him put the icing on the cake for a great day of riding southwest NH.
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I usually see three or four bear a year while on my ATV, but I still get excited every time I see one..........TD

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A few years ago, I was riding my Goldwing up the BRP from Cherokee to Fancy Gap. Nice warm July day. Somewhere near Mt. Pisguah a large black bear came bounding down the side of a steep slope, ran into the highway and slammed into the side of the Honda minivan in front of me.

He bounced, spun, and rolled off the back of the van, and took off down the cliff on the other side of the road. I stopped to make sure the folks in the van were okay. They were, just a little shook up.

I started out again and at the next overlook, I had to pull over because my legs were shaking so bad. It apparently had just sunk in what had almost just happened. If that bear had come down the hill a few seconds later, I'm pretty sure that it would have not been a pretty accident scene.

That was the last time I said "gee, I sure wish we'd see a bear today". :mrgreen:
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Like Shakespeare said, "First we kill all the Bears."
I've only seen one in the wild, way up the side of a mountain. That's about as close to one as I wanna get, other than the Stuffed dude at the Sporting Good Store.
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I saw two black bears last spring (2012).

The first was a smallish bear / cub - probably 50 - 75 pounds. Very near the bottom of the mountain. I e-mailed some co-workers about this sighting...

Just a few days later, on the same side of same mountain, on the same road, but a few hundred yards higher up on the mountain I saw a ~250-300 pounder right at the edge of the tree line.

I got a good look at the small one, as it was climbing a long, steep, open embankment. I got only a glimpse of the large one.

There are getting to be quite a few bears in this area.

I was, of course, riding my Wee to work both mornings.

In other circumstances (not on bike) I've seen at least three other bears here - in my lifetime.

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Seen a few bears while traveling, one was brown, long shaggy hair, square snout, haunched rear end - in northern New Mexico.
Biologists say there are no brown bears in NM, or even CO.
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This is taken from one of my trip reports posted in another forum. Happen in Glacier National Park in 2011.

As we we're traveling around the Eastside I came around a corner about 40 miles per hour and crossing the road in front of me was a very large brown bear! She was as tall as Big Red at the shoulders and guessing to be in the 5 to 600 pound range. I came to a screeching halt with the ass end of my bike sliding sideways. She "the bear" stopped crossing the road and looking straight at me, than started coming up the road towards me, as if she was thinking about charging. I was at a full stop with about 75 feet between us. I revved my engine a couple times when she decided to turn tail and run up hill into the brush. In reality I think it was the fact that Laurie had come around the corner with Denise and Mike right behind her that made the bear change her mind. I then took off to pass the area as quickly as possible. Mike said as he passed he could see trees and brush moving as she was running away. Although we didn't see any cubs we think she must of had some that crossed before her, as normally a bear would have run to start with.

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This fellow was photographed by a friend of mine at Mohawk Trail State Forest, site of the upcoming Massachusetts Motorcycle Camping Weekend!! Gotta be 500 lbs at least!.
WooooHooooo :-)


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