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Other Illusions Keeper Pothole 9/26/18 (dead bear removed from scene)

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Jay Wisocki, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Jay Wisocki

    Jay Wisocki Owner at Wilderness First Recovery LLC

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  2. Canyonero

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    Why did you move the bear? Seems like a pretty cool feature and looks like it's long past the smelly point.
  3. Jay Wisocki

    Jay Wisocki Owner at Wilderness First Recovery LLC

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    Had to, didnt want it to end up back in the water and all kinds of beetles and nasty insects feeding on it still as well as the decay process wasnt complete.
  4. zul

    zul

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    Between the smell of the bear plus the nearby skunk, it was near ralph situation. And I'va pretty strong stomach for that. Max nasty.
    During that photo, I'm sayin "Damn, you really gotta love canyoneering to go through this sh!t!"
    The reputation of that last keeper pot continues to stew :wtf:
    Next year, as it goes into keeper mode, I plan to run the canyon and place a large tree into the pot so animals can (hopefully) climb out.
    Usually happens in June. Any volunteers??!! :twothumbs:
  5. Jake Freimanis

    Jake Freimanis Ours is a quiet fear

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    I'd love to help! If you do actually need people I'm always up for some labor :)
  6. townsend

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    That picture deeply saddens me. A bear is such a magnificent creature, and I am saddened that (s)he met her/his demise in a pothole. Whether death was from trauma (the fall) or starvation, doesn't really matter. I wonder if this bear was part of a family or clan, and the other bears are mourning the loss.
  7. Jay Wisocki

    Jay Wisocki Owner at Wilderness First Recovery LLC

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    Bears have been falling into this pothole probably for many many years before canyoneering even existed as this pothole can be approached from anywhere down below if you are a bear or any wildlife for that matter. These bears are drowning because they can't get out and this pothole is deep. This bears front claws were sanded down flat from clawing at the sides hoping to get out. The other bear was pulled out by a lion or it sank to the bottom but the skunk was still there. Perfect example of what could happen if your not prepared. This Keeper is taking lives.
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