Originally Posted by bucketboater
Killing 5 bears and shutting down a river for bears being bears is pathetic. lol at "terrorizing camps" last year 60 people were killed by bees 30 by domestic dogs and 24 by lighting. In that same time one person was killed by a black bear. They have been around long before you and I. The least you could do is help preserve them and buy a fucking descent cooler and pick up your trash.
Why attack wavewrangler? He didn't propose that there wasn't a problem, he just stated that it wasn't premptive; and he sited examples as to why.
But thanks for presenting the stats BB, one of the problems is that people aren't afraid of black bears and as such many folks around here, where we have griz as well, don't particularly worry about black bears. Maybe that's one of the problems on the Smith? Curriously, have you been on the Smith? What do you know... are there griz? Do you have a clue? Maybe we have a reason to worry about aggresive predators, black or brown?
I've wasted more time on this post than most, and I haven't argued against the regs, I'm just worried where this will lead. That worry stems from a history of extreme solutions to otherwise manageable problems by MFWP.
I don't think I've stated it, but I'm just fine with the new regs on bear gear but I hope that I've been abundantly clear that I'm not so sure about the management of the river as a whole.
To OB, Sorry I've hihjacked this thread and detracted from the point, otherwise tremanji would have known that you were simply warning us all of the new regs - not starting an arguement about them.