Friday, June 29, 2018

Nuisance Bear: Avoid Slant Rock Area

Slant Rock Lean-to Map Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Adirondacks With AlertHikers should avoid camping at Slant Rock Lean-to area in the High Peaks this weekend and beware of a nuisance bear with an ear tag that has been active in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness recently.

The bear is approaching hikers and campers in an attempt to obtain food. The bear has been seen in the Slant Rock area, which is located along the popular Phelps Trail in the Johns Brook Valley.

If you encounter a bear: do not throw your pack at them, if they are rewarded with food, they will continue this behavior. Instead, raise your arms over your head to look bigger, yell loudly at the bear as you slowly back away – do not run.  Bang rocks or metal objects together for noise if possible.

Nuisance bears – black bears that have become habituated to stealing food from humans – can become increasingly brazen and aggressive. Overly aggressive nuisance bears are often shot to protect the public.

All food, toiletries and garbage should be stored in bear-resistant canisters to avoid negative encounters with bears throughout the Adirondacks.

The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30.

Map provided by Adirondack Atlas.

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11 Responses

  1. Ethan says:

    Hopefully substantial fines are imposed on humans who intentionally feed bears.

  2. Jim S. says:

    That area is famous for bear activity. I had a mostly sleepless night in the lean-to there a number of years ago. Lots of footsteps and snorting noises for hours.

    • Paul says:

      It really is. The last time I was in there I saw a couple coming out with a bear shredded pack. They lost everything. Then the next evening I saw a huge bear during dinner hour. Luckily not ours but another group. The bear was across a brook but not the least bit scared. Just waiting, and I think if those guys didn’t get out of there it would have eventually just come over and started to eat anyway! That was years ago.

  3. Lew says:

    I’m sure some genius will hand over their pack to the bear and /or cook a feast inside the lean to and then ask the DEC for a free ride back to their car, because they are scared and tired. Rinse and repeat.

  4. Andy says:

    Was just camped in the area, and heard the story. What I assume was the same bear (one white ear tag) charged a Ranger at one of the JBL lean-tos last Friday, and was shot with rubber shot multiple times. He’s learned to avoid that area but I guess he’s moved upstream. Too bad, he’s probably going to be destroyed. Reminder: Put all food in bear cans, store them 100 feet + from camp, and don’t take out anything more than you’re cooking. Don’t cook after dark, and don’t leave food lying around. This bear’s MO is intimidating people away from their food while they are cooking it, or snatching it while they’re not looking.

    • Paul says:

      They will come out even well before dark. They know when it is dinner time. There really is no way to stop that type of activity. They eventually learn they can steal it while you are trying to eat. Most people are easily scared by bears. The campers run off the bears come in and chow down. But yes use canisters and keep it well away from camp. I jam it in some rocks usually on the high water area of a brook usually.

  5. Moosebeware says:

    I stayed at a campsite there Memorial Day weekend. No bear then.

  6. Mel Bushman says:

    Mel Bushman won’t suffer any fools that do not take the appropriate steps to keep food out of reach of the bears.

    • Paul says:

      Take the “appropriate steps” in that area (and others in the HPW). You will still have problems in many cases.

  7. Harv Sibley says:

    Hey boo boo