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Grizzly Steal Your Kill? Take It Back! But Do It Intelligently


These guys had a grizzly steal their kill. Here they talk about how and how not to attempt a recovery so that no one gets hurt.

These elk hunters shot an bull about a half hour before last light. They gutted the animal and splayed it out to cool down before coming back to retrieve it the next morning. Overnight they had a grizzly steal part of their elk.

So they came back prepared to recover the rest of their elk. They talk about what you should and shouldn’t do to reclaim your kill if a grizzly assumes ownership of it.

First they say that they would not take an animal back from a grizzly bear in an area where the bruins are not hunted. That’s because in an area where bear hunting does not take place, the bears do not recognize humans as the top predator. They are not as fearful or wary of humans and are bolder and more aggressive.

Second, bring some firearms capable of taking down a grizzly, and carry them with rounds chambered. If you should get attacked every second counts, and chambering a round takes too much time.

Third, bring a crowd. Bring a minimum of two, and preferably three horses, dogs and at least three people. Bears don’t like crowds. Dogs and horses also function as early warning devices, as they are alert for bear presence when in the bush.

Do not try to recover your animal on your own or even with one other person. You’re just asking for trouble then. “That’s basically suicide,” he says.

Two of you get to work cutting up your elk or deer, while someone else is at the ready with a firearm and alert for bear presence, pack it up and get out of there. Pay attention to the behavior of the horses while you’re cleaning up your kill. Chances are good that the bear is nearby, and he’s smelling you.

As soon as you leave he will likely re-enter the area of the kill, or he’ll follow you for a ways before heading back to the kill area.

It’s a dicey situation, but the key is numbers. Horses, dogs, and multiple people will help ensure safety.

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Grizzly Steal Your Kill? Take It Back! But Do It Intelligently