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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Some relevant news before any of you lose your minds here are some of the bear attack trends from a former forestry worker and safety committee member (me) dealing with people getting chewed up on a yearly basis.

1. In spring bears are as hungry as they are going to be all year
2. Women are their primary targets (though not exclusively) either due to smaller stature or a rumor about being on the rag
3. Having a dog with you will attract more bears, though likely deter the ones that show up or at least the dog ends up being eaten instead of you
4. A bear that is not making any noise and walking towards or flanking you is sizing you up for a meal and closing ground before charging. Make it reconsider that option like a crazy caveman.
5. A bear that is making noise, standing its ground, grunting etc. is defending, back away while making noise.

Playing dead is only advised in 1 of 4 bear situations, picking the wrong one could have you laying there while a black bear dines on your ass cheeks while you are fully conscious. Yell, shake trees like a chimpanzee, throw rocks and sticks, climb a tree, carry a gun (there are ways to do this in Canada) or invest in bear bangers (bear spray is lame, you will likely shoot yourself with it first)

Treat a bear encounter like you would with a giant aggressive dog, scare it, don't run unless you want to trigger its pursuit instincts and if its on you use whatever you can on its eyes, nose or mouth, there have been incidents where people have jammed their arms or fists down a bears throat in order to choke it.

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1 KJV
05-08-2014 10:26 AM
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Risks, opportunities, import/export - OSL - 03-16-2013, 06:58 AM
RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Dr. Howard - 05-08-2014 10:26 AM