1. Bear Encounter Report Form for A.T. Hikers and Campers

THANK YOU FOR REPORTING YOUR BEAR ENCOUNTER!
As bear encounters increase all along the A.T. it will be very helpful to A.T. managers to know the specifics so that we can help future A.T. hikers and campers avoid bear problems and injuries, and minimize the chance that bears will become habituated to human food and ultimately need to be removed or euthanized.  This report will take about 10 minutes - all the answers are designed to help managers learn how to best minimize human/bear conflict
Your personal information will not be shared or used for any purpose other than to clarify responses.
Thank you for your help!

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* 1.     Reported By:

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* 2.     Individual filing report if not #1:

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* 3.
     When did this bear encounter occur?

Date / Time

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* 4. Specific Bear Encounter Location and/or Coordinates + State

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* 5. Encounter Description: Please provide a brief summary of this bear encounter - some detailed questions come later in the incident report.

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* 6.     # of Humans Involved, i.e. Human Group Size

1 10
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 7.     Have you also alerted the local land management agency?

C-ONF = Chattahoochee NF; NNF = Nantahala NF; GRSM = Great Smoky Mt. NP; CNF = Cherokee NF; PNF = Pisgah NF; GWJNF = George Washington, Jefferson NF; BLRI = Blue Ridge Pkwy; SHEN = Shenandoah NP; APPA = NPS Appalachian Nat. Scenic Tr.; MD = Maryland Park Service; PA = Pennsylvania DCNR or Game Commission; USFW = US Fish & Wildlife NWR; DEWA = Delaware Water Gap NRA; NJ = New Jersey State Parks; NY = NY State Parks; CT; MA; GMNF = Green Mt. NF; WMNF = White Mt. NF; APPA = most of A.T. in Maine

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* 8.     Did the person providing this report see the bear(s)?

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* 9. Do you have photos or video of this bear encounter?

DOCX, DOC, JPEG, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG file types only.
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* 10. Number of Bears Involved In Encounter?

0 5
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 11.     Age of Bear(s)

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* 12.     Did the bear(s) have distinguishing features?

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* 13.     Was the Bear Behavior non-threatening?

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* 14.      How close did the bear approach?

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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 15.      Was the Bear Behavior - Aggressive/Bold?

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* 16.     Did the Bear Follow a human?

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* 17.      Did a Bear Charge a Human?

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* 18.      Was there Property Damage?

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* 19.      Was a Visitor Injured?

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* 20.     Was the bear injured?

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* 21. Length of encounter - Example: 5 minutes; 10 min.; all night

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* 22. Was there food/garbage/trash nearby before the bear encounter?

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* 23. Front Country BearEncounter Location

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* 24. Backcountry Visitor Location During Bear Encounter

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* 25. Backcountry Visitor Location at a Campsite

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* 26.      Visitor Sleeping Location

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* 27. Were on-site bear-resistant food storage, box or cables provided?

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* 28. Was the on-site bear-resistant food storage used by the campers in the incident?

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* 29. Was personal food storage used by the campers in the incident?

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* 30.      Did a bear get the food?

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* 31.     If a bear got food, where?

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* 32.      If a bear got food, how?

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* 33. How did bear get in personal food storage device?  Examples: ripped off lid, bit or ripped a hole in it, defeated food hang, etc.

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* 34. List Make & Model of personal food storage device used.  Example: Bear Vault BV450, Ursack AllMitey (spectra exterior, golden kevlar interior), Counter Assault Bear Keg, etc.

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* 35.      Was your bear-resistant canister or stuff sack moved?

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* 36.      Was there a dog with you?

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* 37. What size was the dog?

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* 38.      Visitor Response to Bear

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* 39.      Bear's Reaction to Visitor Response

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* 40.      If you are NOT a Trail administrator, please scroll to the end and click "DONE"

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* 41. Admin Use:    Prior Nuisance Report

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* 42. Admin Use:     Management Action

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* 43. Admin Use:     Violation?

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* 44. Admin Use:     Law Enforcement Action

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* 45. Admin Use:     Bear Population Density?

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* 46. Admin Use:     Hunted/non-hunted bears?

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* 47. Admin Use:     Mast Available

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