Jean et Nicolas are now in Alaska since Wednesday (or tuesday, I’m not sure). They plan to be at Fairbanks tomorrow evening. They also saw their first grizzli. The good news is that they seem to be still alive, even if I don’t have the details about this meeting.
To celebrate all this news I added two new drawings.
And if you wish to have a better envisionning of their way from Vancouver to Whitehorse (I don’t have yet the details of their more recent adventures) you can do it here. By clicking on the yardsticks you can read the french version of their journal (sorry, I didn’t have time to do the english one yet) and see some photos related to the place.
We thought that was useful to write a post on the bears to present you the kind of stories we heard and what happened when we met some.
It has been pretty hard for us to have an opinion on the real danger that bear can be. Some people will talk about htem like ferocious beasts able to eat all what they find and some other will explain to you that they are only cute little furry animals… It is also very hard to get any figure about the real number of accidents every year.
We had some very interesting discussion with people knowing waht they were talking about.
The first one, which is mentionned in the blog during hte first week of the trip has been with Trent who hunted bears for more htan 20 years. Basically, he was saying that the main risk is if you are between a mum and a cub and if the cub starts to cry, then you are in big trouble. For all the other situation, tehre is no risk as bears are more afraid of us than we can imagine.
Then, Nicolas had an interesting discussion with a couple from Fairbanks, Alaska we met in Jasper. They explained the only risk is with grizzlies and you are in trouble if you meet a grumpy one with bad teeth. if it is the case, there is nothing you can do except avoiding it as much as you can and if it attacks, you need to hit back.
The German couple we met in Kitwanga told us one of their friends was hiking with his partner when he stopped for lunch (a sandwich in a plastic box). A grizzly came from nowhere, attacked him and badly injured him. Impossible to know if grumpiness and bad teeth were the explanation.
We met 7 black bears so far. There has been 2 types of reactions: -the bear escapes as fast as it can, being obviously very scared to see these two weird animals pedalling on funny machines…
-the bear looks at us and keeps doing what it was achieving. in most cases, he is eating a branch or just having a seat on a hill and looking around.
we did not meet any grizzly so far (we are not particularly in a hurry to see one). people told us it is likely we will see some on the gravel road going to the Arctic ocean. We will see and let you know.
So, after a month, here is the latest version of our wildlife inventory:
2 mooses (mum and cub)
7 black bears (all adults, no cubs so far)
2 mountain goats (mum and cub)