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Published: September 9, 2012
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Artistic interpretation of the incident on Šiprúň I've recalled before: On the northern side of a mountain called Šiprúň (1461 m) in the Greater Fatra mountains (Slovakia), there is one of the few allowed campsites in the national park; I camped there with my girlfriend for one night and there we also experienced some adventurous moments: A bear came at night and ate some of our food we left outside the tent. We didn't look out (the drawing is a little bit inaccurate, but I made it that way to be more interesting ;-) ), but we heard it clearly, rustling and growling around. Luckily it didn't pay us a visit in the tent. ;-) (Slovakian mountains are a bear country but most people don't take it as seriously as it is common in Canada or USA. However, there has been great increase in bear numbers in recent years.)

I drew the picture originally for a Czech illustrators' website Projekt ilustrace, for a monthly themed contest "surprise". :-)
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When we were hiking in Caucasus back in 1980s there were many bears there. We had no close encounters with them but witnessed a lot of traces left by them. However, some other tourists were not so lucky - bears left them without food. The funny thing is that the bears knew very well that cans are supposed to contain something tasty. They easily pierced the cans by their huge claws and then sucked out whatever was there (fish or meat). 
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That's interesting. 'Our' bear ate only what was obviously tasty, such as a sausage and some biscuits and spread, while testing a bit of uncooked pasta and tea bags and letting them be. :-)
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Probably the bears in Caucasus in 1980-s were 'Soviet' bears who just like Soviet people had to look for some unconventional, totally not obvious solutions to survive :lol: 
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=D
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 I'm glad to hear that you came to harm; bears are bad news when they come too close to humankind, not the stuff of Teddy Bears.
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No harm indeed, fortunately. :-) The Bears in Slovakia and Central Europe generally are maybe less dangerous than in the North America, at least there are fewer reports of killings or serious injuries, but on the other hand in the recent years thanks to the nature conservation number of bears in Slovakia has rapidly grown, which caused many of them to move from wild mountain valleys closer to human settlements, where they eat garbage, freely roam villages at night and get less shy of humans. And that's quite a problem...
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Not if you remind them of their social obligations (to remain at a respectable distance from Humans) the old-fashioned way; which is to say by turning the most anti-social bears into some very nice furs and letting their kin draw their own lessons from that object example.

 Either that or you could always suggest spaying wild bears, but I suspect that the local Rangers would be wise enough to deliver a thunderously loud refusal at the mere prospect of being obliged to persuade he-bears to become something closer to she-bears …  
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=D
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This is really cool!
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Thanks. :-)
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welcome~
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love it
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Thanks! :dance:
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Many bears killed people in Romania in the last couple days and the goverment decided to shoot down morehundred of them. You were very lucky! Were you exited in those moments? What had you been thinking then? Pray?
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Really? I didn't know that. I'm glad we just heard the uninvited guest from outside. We were quite frigtened in those moments and just hoped that the bear wouldn't try to get inside. And praying, yes. The bad thing about the situation was that thare was nothing we could do at the moment. Anyway we were lucky it ended well. :-)
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:giggle: hehe so... why did you leave your food outside like that?? Not supposed to draw bears' attention!

I looove the way you use colors, so beautiful :D
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I read somewhere it is better not to have the food inside, because sometimes bears are smelling the food and looking for it even inside the tent, which is of course much more more frightening experience than just hearing them prowling them outside. I don't know, maybe they wouldn't try to get in, but better not to risk it (the fact is, we had quite an aromatic salami, which was a mistake, because it must have been smelled by the bears from far away ;-) )

Thanks for your praise! :dance:
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Yes, one shouldn't have food inside the tent. Though, usually, one shouldn't have food anywhere exposed or out where bears can smell it. hehe But, I guess you really didn't have much of a choice, anyway? My boyfriend and his family were able to keep the food in the van we drove. We left a little food out once, but thankfully the only thing that came was a bird in the early morning. hehe

Really great that the bear didn't decide to pay a visit to your tent though. :)

You're welcome :D
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:nod:
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Hahaha :giggle:, koukám, že máš o úžasný zážitek postaráno! :D To musela být dobrá sranda! :D Mě zas dneska olízali jeleni (a pak že jsou to plachá zvířata... :giggle:). Mimochodem, krásný obrázek! :aww: :iconthumbupplz:
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Jeleni?! =D Jj, zážitek to byl působivý! :-) Díky za komentář! :thanks:
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Nemáš zač! :D
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That sounds scary!
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