- Oct 26, 2018
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You have to remember that every bear that is shot at or stalked is not killed, they learn when they are spooked and/or shot at. In the spring, bears are not loners, boars associate with sows and other bores, every time one is killed or stalked, the others learn from that. Sows teach cubs everything they need to know to survive, where to find food, where to sleep, what is dangerous and what is not, part of that is, they teach them to avoid humans where they need to. Every animal does the same. I have seen sows with cubs come to a human path, smell human smells and turn and run the other way. Cubs learn from that. I and many other think she is teaching the cobs that behaviorSo I have to say the whole argument about behaviors of a hunted versus none hunted animal is interesting. How do hunted animals pass on the “fear” of humans if they are dead? Bears specifically in this case are not pack animals as far as I know, so how do they pass that avoidance behavior on to other bears? How do you account for “dinner bell” bears? I’ve heard plenty of first hand accounts of people shooting moose, deer or caribou and bears come running. I have worked in places where bears are hunted and not hunted and the only thing that comes to mind that alters their behavior is if the bear perceives you as a threat. Then they decide fight or flight.
As for dinner bell bears, I have never seen it. I think it's mostly a myth, otherwise, it would be too easy to kill a bear. We'd just walk out and shoot a rifle. It has never happened in my 30 years guiding for bears.
I have had one bear show up 3/4 of an hour after a moose was shot but it was a very young, inexperienced bear. I'm not saying it has never happened, just that it's not very likely or common.
The difference you are talking about in your last sentence is the one I am talking about. That's the point.
Just compare bears (and all animals) in the wild to those in Denali. To me it's very clear.