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So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

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So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby Tervicz » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:08 pm

What is it like to have a bear as pet? I suppose they are more than a handful and certainly not like dogs or other classic pets. How fun is it to have a bear as a pet? How well can you interact? Can you pet and scritch them? Can you snuggle and cuddle? Can you play with them? How do you interact and socialise with your bears? Or are more like their pet?
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Re: So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby pat » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:30 pm

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there is alot to be said about raising black bears.

for me, it was quite a learning process with sybil (my first one).
she came from a breeder, that pulled their cubs at the time of the sale.
this makes it very difficult to work with them. she was confused and aggressive. after learning from her behavior, some research and trial and error, she eventually adjusted. I did spoil her though. but, raising her was alot of work, but, so very interesting and funny to watch her play. she would get into everything. I had to "bear proof" my house.

benny was completely different, because he came from a different breeder, where he was already adapted to humans.

when my bears were young, they did like to snuggle. too big for that now.
but, they still love attention and like to be petted.

however, they are not like dogs, one should always be on guard.

interacting with bears at a young age was much easier compared to adult.
even though they are friendly, it only takes a second for something to set them off.

I firmly believe, that bears should not be wrestled with as cubs, and especially as adults. they are very strong animals.

anyway, I actually enjoyed my bears and still do. I have learned alot from them, and they have learned from me.

they are alot of work sometimes. mostly the pens update and upkeep.
it is important to check for any escapes. they do get bored sometimes(mostly sybil, because she was spoiled)

I do not recommend buying a bear to anyone, unless they understand the work involved for setting up a pen and the importance of a good size.
also, an understaning of their behavior and has had extensive experience with animals.

this is only my thoughts based on my 10 year experience with them.
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Re: So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby Tervicz » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:53 am

Ok, so what do you do with them now as they are adult? You pet them I suppose? Do you groom them? Do you play with them somehow?
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Re: So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby Deerfarmer » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:11 pm

Pat ...Did you know Larry From Blazing Bucks? His Bears Were Awesome.
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Re: So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby pat » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:30 am

Tervicz wrote:Ok, so what do you do with them now as they are adult? You pet them I suppose? Do you groom them? Do you play with them somehow?


feed them :lol:

yes, pet them, scratch them. no I do not groom them.
no, don't really play with them. but, talk to them, give them treats.

I don't generally go in the pen with them at this time.
I just play it safe.
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Re: So what is it like? (Probably an old topic)

Postby pat » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:31 am

Deerfarmer wrote:Pat ...Did you know Larry From Blazing Bucks? His Bears Were Awesome.


nope, never heard of him. where is he from?
does he still have bears?

as far as I know, there really is not many bear owners in pa
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