Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Starving Bear Scared by Helicopter

  1. #1
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default Starving Bear Scared by Helicopter

    HI,

    I'm writing a novel and I have an instance where a starving grizzly bear (in its own hunting grounds in the Alaska bush) is attacking two people even though the bear is in the vicinity of a hovering helicopter, perhaps 200 yards away. Is this realistic, or will a bear, even a starving one, run away from a helicopter if it gets that close? Or, better, how close does a helicopter have to come before it will spook a starving grizzly?

    I know it's hypothetical, but any info would be helpful. Anyone?

  2. #2
    Member ironartist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Meadow Lakes
    Posts
    1,182

    Default

    I don't think that bear that was killed tredwell was all too worried of the plane that was bringing supplies. As he did fly overs I believe the bear just kept eating
    Visions Steel/841-WELD(9353)
    "Rebellion is in my blood, I was born an American"
    Μολών λαβέ

  3. #3
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Thanks ironartist. Anyone else care to weigh in?

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    3,246

    Default Revenge of a Grizzly.

    I think it would depend on if the bear thought the helicopter was a threat or food.

    Before the pipeline helicopter pilots would harass grizzly, which stop when a grizzly found one on the ground and ate it. The pilots and passenger were on a hill hiding when they were found, scare ****less and it was not because they had no food.

  5. #5
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default

    OK, I guess I was unclear. This would be a flying helicopter, blades whirring, very loud. Do bears always avoid/run away from them no matter what the circumstances are?

  6. #6
    Member Casper50's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Sterling
    Posts
    627

    Default

    I don't know about a helicopter but I've seen a brown bear ignore an F-15 passing buy within 200 yds while the bear was feeding on a whale carcass. That's louder than a chopper.

  7. #7
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Whoa! Yes, that's louder than a chopper.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Kenai
    Posts
    1,888

    Default

    Having worked for a helicopter company that did LOTS (over 20 yrs) of tagging of bears for AK. F&G for I can clearly state that if the bear is in a mood he will not be driven away by the helicopter.
    Vance in AK.

    Matthew 6:33
    "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

  9. #9
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default

    Well now,

    That's the kind of hardcore, definitive experience that I'm looking for.

    Thanks Vance

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Sterling ,Alaska
    Posts
    252

    Default

    I've seen bears walk through oilfield facilities without any apparent concern for loud noises or other activities. It's hard to say how one would react.

  11. #11
    Member AK_Stick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Wasilla AK (for now)
    Posts
    165

    Default

    Generally, bears will run away from my Blackhawks.


    However occasionally, they just don't really care that you're there. On one of those days, I imagine short of landing it on him, he wouldn't really care I was there.

  12. #12
    New member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    9

    Default

    AK and all others,

    Thanks again for posting the information that I need.

    Peter

  13. #13
    Member JOAT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Soldotna, ALASKA since '78
    Posts
    3,720

    Default Additional factors

    "In the bush"... a bear that grew up far removed from human activity is more likely to be spooked by humans. A bear that grows up adjacent to humans will tend to ignore us.

    "Attacking 2 people"... bears very rarely attack groups of people unless there is an aggravating circumstance, such as defending food (animal kill) or sow with cubs.

    Even a wild bear won't be overly concerned about a helo 200 yards away. That's a pretty good distance. It would probably be more curious than afraid.

    A "starving" bear will be much bolder than a "full" bear. A bear that is being predatory (looking at you as food) will be much more persistent in its attack over a bear reacting defensively.
    Winter is Coming...

    Go GeocacheAlaska!

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Hartford Michigan
    Posts
    440

    Default

    I'm not going to recommend Helicopters for bear defense

  15. #15

    Default

    I can tell you from personal experience that a Kodiak bear can stand up to a helicopter if it wants to. I had one on it's rear legs staring me down in an Astar.

  16. #16
    Member 2dawgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Wasilla
    Posts
    642

    Default

    HMMM a pack of bears? Interesting.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •