I need someone with serious bear experience to help me out.
I have an instance in a story I'm writing 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 flying helicopter, perhaps 200 yards up.
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?
(Posted this at the Bear Bait Forum first, but thought I might get a wider range of opinions here. Hope that's OK.)