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(01-26-2023 10:56 AM)Bearcatbdub Wrote:  We built a cabin up above Gatlinburg a couple of years ago. Been going down to that area 2-3x per year for over 20 years. Never saw much bears. However, Bears are regulars at the cabin. Afraid i am going to walk out to the car one night and have a close encounter. They seem to give no ***** about humans.

I’ve seen them in town, by the Cherokee Grill (if it’s still there). Also in Cades Cove, where fat people hovered close by while taking pictures of the bears.
 
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We had four bears in town this fall. In one instance, a former neighbor called to tell me that she'd been out in her back yard playing with her dogs when a bear sauntered down the alley behind her home. This was right smack in the middle of town (population about 15,000).

I told her if she didn't have pictures, it didn't happen. She said that she was so busy trying to corral the dogs and get them into the house that she didn't think of grabbing her phone. Another friend's bird feeders were pillaged and wrecked.

In dry years, bears often come down from the surrounding uplands in search of food. Country bears head for our local orchards and vineyards, and city bears go for the dumpsters behind restaurants. Pizza is a favorite. There is no history of bear-related injury here, but if bears hang around too long, the parks and wildlife folks respond by tranquilizing them, ear-tagging them, and releasing them in distant, remote areas. Habitual offenders (three strikes and you're out) are euthanized.

I live on the fringes of town, just south of the Colorado River and about a mile from the Fruita entrance to Colorado National Monument. Our trash container is outside, and I've seen bear poop as close as 3/4 mile from our house, but we've never had a bear go for our garbage. Never even a raccoon, which are plentiful hereabouts. Skunks, foxes, coyotes, and mule deer also pass through the yard on occasion but apparently aren't interested in our trash container.
 
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(01-26-2023 11:39 AM)colohank Wrote:  We had four bears in town this fall. In one instance, a former neighbor called to tell me that she'd been out in her back yard playing with her dogs when a bear sauntered down the alley behind her home. This was right smack in the middle of town (population about 15,000).

I told her if she didn't have pictures, it didn't happen. She said that she was so busy trying to corral the dogs and get them into the house that she didn't think of grabbing her phone. Another friend's bird feeders were pillaged and wrecked.

In dry years, bears often come down from the surrounding uplands in search of food. Country bears head for our local orchards and vineyards, and city bears go for the dumpsters behind restaurants. Pizza is a favorite. There is no history of bear-related injury here, but if bears hang around too long, the parks and wildlife folks respond by tranquilizing them, ear-tagging them, and releasing them in distant, remote areas. Habitual offenders (three strikes and you're out) are euthanized.

I live on the fringes of town, just south of the Colorado River and about a mile from the Fruita entrance to Colorado National Monument. Our trash container is outside, and I've seen bear poop as close as 3/4 mile from our house, but we've never had a bear go for our garbage. Never even a raccoon, which are plentiful hereabouts. Skunks, foxes, coyotes, and mule deer also pass through the yard on occasion but apparently aren't interested in our trash container.

I’m headed to your area in May for a mountain bike trip.
Riding from the grand junction / fruita area to Moab, and then on to the Black Dragon Canyon and San Rafael Swell area.
 
01-26-2023 08:36 PM
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There's quite a network of mt. bike trails in the desert north of Fruita, and other trails overlooking the river west of town. Also a network closer to Grand Junction and the east entrance to the national monument. And, of course, the Kokopelli Trail inking this area with Moab. You'll have a ton of options. It can be pretty windy in May, and if you're into cycling, you know that wind can be more taxing than hills.

The newest challenge hereabouts is the Palisade Plunge, a 30+ mile downhill route from the top of the Grand Mesa to the town of Palisade in the east end of the valley. Thousands of vertical feet of descent, but plenty of climbs, and not an easy ride. A shuttle service is available. Some sections are very technical, there's lots of exposure to precipitous terrain, and poor access for first responders or extraction if a rider is hurt or becomes ill. There was at least one fatality last year, a guy who ran out of water and died of heat stroke on the final leg of the ride. It's recommended that riders start out with 2.5 gallons of water. I can't imagine carrying that much water on a bike.

I'm an old geezer and pretty much limit rides on my hybrid bike to the paved trail system that runs the length of the Grand Valley from Loma to Palisade, with occasional forays into town for coffee with friends.
 
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I live in Central Illinois. Perfectly flat biking terrain; we probably have 50 bikers per day passing our house from April though October.

Other than my 5-acre yard (which includes 2 acres of woods), there's not a single living plant within 3/4 mile except corn, soybeans, grass, and humans. Which makes it tough to support much mammalian diversity.

Yet I still have a damn skunk that's lived under my deck off-and-on for the past 10 months. Despite paying $1500 to Orkin (I'm normally fine with trapping my own varmints, but I draw the line at messing with a skunk).
 
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Skunks are allergic to .22 rounds. Catch and release and they often beat you back home. Although if it weren't for having dogs, they wouldn't bother me too much.
 
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(01-27-2023 11:10 PM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  I live in Central Illinois. Perfectly flat biking terrain; we probably have 50 bikers per day passing our house from April though October.

Other than my 5-acre yard (which includes 2 acres of woods), there's not a single living plant within 3/4 mile except corn, soybeans, grass, and humans. Which makes it tough to support much mammalian diversity.

Yet I still have a damn skunk that's lived under my deck off-and-on for the past 10 months. Despite paying $1500 to Orkin (I'm normally fine with trapping my own varmints, but I draw the line at messing with a skunk).

We used to have a mini-orchard in our side yard, and skunks were attracted to any plums that fell to the ground. It wasn't unusual to see one or sometimes two critters in the yard feasting on them. If we opened the door, the skunks would briefly scamper away, and then they'd come back and resume feeding. They never demonstrated any signs of hostility or alarm in our presence.

Then one day, they began digging along the foundation to the house, and visions of them taking up residence in the crawl-space beneath our home was too much to contemplate. I deployed an old undersized (sized for squirrels) Havahart trap with the hope that I could entice the skunks to squeeze in. I used plums for bait. Much to my surprise, I caught seven skunks that fall -- mom and dad and five youngsters. When I had a skunk in the trap, I'd just put an old towel over it, carry it low-to-the-ground, and then slowly lift and slide it onto the bed of my pickup. I transported them several miles to an island in the Colorado River that's crossed by I-70, where I turned them loose. When I'd open the trap's door to release them, they behaved like little ladies and gentleman and never sprayed. They just ran away, and none ever returned.

If, in the future, you want to save $1500 and do your own trapping, here's a useful hint: slowly rolling the trap over and letting gravity open the door is a lot easier than leaving the trap upright and trying to tease the door open with a long stick. It took me a couple of trips to realize that, but lesson learned.
 
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