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#21410 - 06/03/06 11:32 PM You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday
mso4man Offline
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Not one


Not Two


But Three Count 'em three little bears between the Uber-potty and the stairmaster




Got Porridge?

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#21411 - 06/04/06 12:23 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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Absofuckilutely amazing!

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#21412 - 06/04/06 12:40 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
onionman Offline
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Wow!! Great pictures... did you see Mama Bear around?

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#21413 - 06/04/06 12:57 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: onionman]
mso4man Offline
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Naw but the three little ones passed us 5 times. They would go up hill and get to the cliff and then turn back and just walk right on down the road. Very cool

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#21414 - 06/04/06 12:58 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
Daniel Offline
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Wow, amazing. Kind of puts to shame how impressed I was by the turkey I saw between the northbound Palisades Parkway and the first overlook just north of the GW bridge on Tuesday.

By the way, I prefer "Uber-pooper". But maybe that's just me.

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#21415 - 06/04/06 01:48 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
dalguard Offline
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That would have freaked me out a little but very cool. The carriage road looks like a jungle in your photos. Beautiful.

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#21416 - 06/04/06 02:23 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: dalguard]
mworking Offline
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I don’t feel like I would have been freaked out, but I think that is probably the right feeling unless you know where mom is.

On the other hand when Evan (9) and I we saw a bear from the car on the way in to boulder at dusk in Ricketts Glen last year, it did freak us out a little bit. We just couldn’t get comfortable by ourselves in the growing dark and we didn’t stay to long.

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#21417 - 06/04/06 04:18 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mworking]
Gidget Offline
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Well the poor trail runner that came hauling arse round the corner to see the three was looking pretty freaked out.
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#21418 - 06/04/06 10:50 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: Gidget]
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Could be from the same family (I don't know their daily migration habits), but early Friday morning two bears walked through the backyard woods. They just ambled past as I watched them from the window. Perhaps they were using the Canaan Trail as their Thruway...

I've seen evidence of bears -- mostly just stripped bark -- but never had a visual sighting until Friday.

Dell

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#21419 - 06/04/06 01:15 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: museumdork]
Aya Offline
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That's pretty awesome!! I definitely think I would have turned around and left though. No maulings for me, thanks!
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#21420 - 06/04/06 01:22 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: museumdork]
mso4man Offline
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We were hiking behind our house about a week or two ago (bayards) and we came accross a huge bear 350-500lbs? He was just chillin' and drinking some water out of a little pond.

A few days ago Gidget was out back when she heard him (or another) snorting on top of one of the boulders. Needless to say she left taco pronto.

We have just recently moved here and were led to believe that seeing bear around here was a rare event. We have seen 5 in the past month. Go figure.

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#21421 - 06/04/06 09:25 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
GOclimb Offline
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Very cool, thanks for sharing!

It totally looks like a jungle out there!

GO

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#21422 - 06/04/06 09:47 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
timh Offline
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They were probably just looking for a dry route.

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#21423 - 06/05/06 03:08 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: museumdork]
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I've seen evidence of bears -- mostly just stripped bark -- but never had a visual sighting until Friday.

Dell





Saw tons and tons of stripped bark near the base of Something Interesting yesterday...

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#21424 - 06/05/06 06:07 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: pedestrian]
nerdom Offline
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freakin' bears never heard of "leave no trace"?


okay, seriously though, if cliffs are closed for all manner of common bird nesting, should we worry about bear closures?


Edited by nerdom (06/05/06 06:09 PM)
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#21425 - 06/05/06 06:24 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: nerdom]
D75 Offline
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Only if they nest on the GT ledge. Then you have to wait for them to fledge.

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#21426 - 06/05/06 06:27 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: D75]
Smike Offline
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should we worry about bear closures?

typical range for a male bear is about 8 -15 miles.

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#21427 - 06/05/06 06:30 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: pedestrian]
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Quote:

Quote:

I've seen evidence of bears -- mostly just stripped bark -- but never had a visual sighting until Friday.

Dell





Saw tons and tons of stripped bark near the base of Something Interesting yesterday...




Saw a dead mole at the base of High E yesterday, I figured it had taken the plunge but now....

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#21428 - 06/05/06 06:59 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: Smike]
GOclimb Offline
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Quote:

should we worry about bear closures?

typical range for a male bear is about 8 -15 miles.




Actually, I think some of the big flakes at the base of the cliffs would make a pretty nice den... if it weren't for all the damn people crawling all over them.

Seriously, though, bears are not endangered. Actually, in the Berkshires, they've become a nuisance. My family has a cabin in the eastern foothills of the Berkshires, and they actually drop off problem bears from the city around us. If my neighbor is to be believed, some of the big males have started to form roving bands that come around, rip up people's birdfeeders, gardens, sheds...

Western Mass - the Australian Penal Colony of the Mass bear population.

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#21429 - 06/06/06 12:45 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: GOclimb]
mso4man Offline
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You are correct.

We have just moved here from Windsor MA (middle of nowhere pop. 800). When we bought the house the old owners showed us 3 birdfeeders in the woodline that the bears had taken. They were completley intact just lacking the seed. One of which he said had been poached three times. I have seen huge bears using a path on my property as a road and they were never in a hurry.

The general store has about a dozen photos on the deli case of bears that locals bring in from their houses.

One morning the old owner pulled open one of the sliding doors to shoo her black lab away from the grease trap on their grill only to realize that it was a bear.

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#21430 - 06/06/06 05:14 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: mso4man]
RangerRob Offline
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It's only a matter of time until those bears find the cvampsites within easy walking distance of the carraige road. And when they do.........

RR

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#21431 - 06/06/06 05:33 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: RangerRob]
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Or they start going through packs at the base of the cliff, lookig for a sandwich or two!
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#21432 - 06/06/06 05:41 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: irisharehere]
The Lisa Offline
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If a bear pees on my rope should I retire it?
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#21433 - 06/06/06 05:54 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: The Lisa]
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If a bear pees on my rope should I retire it?




Yes.


Also, if the Pope craps in the woods.




Quote:

It's only a matter of time until those bears find the cvampsites within easy walking distance of the carraige road. And when they do.........

RR





Don't tease me and get my hopes up like that.
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#21434 - 06/06/06 10:02 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: museumdork]
smokejumper1 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/06
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Loc: NY, CA, Deutschland
Quote:

Could be from the same family (I don't know their daily migration habits), but early Friday morning two bears walked through the backyard woods. They just ambled past as I watched them from the window. Perhaps they were using the Canaan Trail as their Thruway...

I've seen evidence of bears -- mostly just stripped bark -- but never had a visual sighting until Friday.

Dell




I saw a big one on Clove Valley Rd. two weeks ago, totally beautiful. Bears are pretty common, I have seen them a bunch, but you usually have to venture out beyond your window.

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#21435 - 06/07/06 11:52 AM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: RangerRob]
Dillbag Offline
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Quote:

It's only a matter of time until those bears find the cvampsites within easy walking distance of the carraige road. And when they do.........

RR




What do you mean "when they do..."? They've probably already been there!

It's not climbers or kids from town leaving all those empty and broken bottles around! It's the bears!
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#21436 - 06/19/06 09:03 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: Dillbag]
Leemouse2 Offline
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We saw a mama and at least one cub (the guy in the van in front of us thought he saw another) on clove road just south of the house with the wild gnarled wood tree root "sculptures" out front. Mid-morning on Saturday last.

I have heard about a lot more bear sightings this year than in the past couple.
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#21437 - 06/20/06 02:06 PM Re: You'll never know what you will find at the Gunks on a rainy Saturday [Re: Leemouse2]
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hmm . . . Clove Road, eh? How long before we'll be jockeying for space at Split Rock with these furballs?
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