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

THANK YOU FOR REPORTING YOUR BEAR INCIDENT!
As bear incidents 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.  Thank you for your help!

    Reported By:

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* 1.     Reported By:

    Individual filing report if not #1:

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* 2.     Individual filing report if not #1:


     When did this bear incident occur?

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* 3.
     When did this bear incident occur?

Date / Time
     Specific Bear Incident Location, Description and/or Coordinates

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* 4.      Specific Bear Incident Location, Description and/or Coordinates

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

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

1 10
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    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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* 6.     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

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

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

     Do you have photos or video of this bear incident?

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* 8.      Do you have photos or video of this bear incident?

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    Number of Bears Involved In Incident?

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* 9.     Number of Bears Involved In Incident?

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    Age of Bear(s)

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* 10.     Age of Bear(s)

    Did the bear(s) have distinguishing features?

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

    Was the Bear Behavior non-threatening?

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* 12.     Was the Bear Behavior non-threatening?

     How close did the bear approach?

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* 13.      How close did the bear approach?

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     Was the Bear Behavior - Aggressive/Bold?

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

    Did the Bear Follow a human?

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* 15.     Did the Bear Follow a human?

     Did a Bear Charge a Human?

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* 16.      Did a Bear Charge a Human?

     Was there Property Damage?

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* 17.      Was there Property Damage?

     Was a Visitor Injured?

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* 18.      Was a Visitor Injured?

    Was the bear injured?

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* 19.     Was the bear injured?

     Length of Incident - Example: 5 minutes; 10 min.; all night

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* 20.      Length of Incident - Example: 5 minutes; 10 min.; all night

Was there food/garbage/trash nearby before the bear incident?

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* 21. Was there food/garbage/trash nearby before the bear incident?

     Front Country Bear Incident Location

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* 22.      Front Country Bear Incident Location

     Backcountry Visitor Location During Bear Incident

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* 23.      Backcountry Visitor Location During Bear Incident

Backcountry Visitor Location at a Campsite

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* 24. Backcountry Visitor Location at a Campsite

     Visitor Sleeping Location

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* 25.      Visitor Sleeping Location

     Were on-site bear-proof food storage, box or cables provided?

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* 26.      Were on-site bear-proof food storage, box or cables provided?

Was the on-site bear-proof storage used by the campers in the incident?

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* 27. Was the on-site bear-proof storage used by the campers in the incident?

Was personal food storage used by the campers in the incident?

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

     Did a bear get the food?

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* 29.      Did a bear get the food?

     If a bear got food, how?

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* 30.      If a bear got food, how?

    If a bear got food, where?

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* 31.     If a bear got food, where?

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

     List Make & Model of personal food storage device used.  Example: Bear Vault BV450, Ursack AllMitey, Counter Assault Bear Keg, etc.

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* 33.      List Make & Model of personal food storage device used.  Example: Bear Vault BV450, Ursack AllMitey, Counter Assault Bear Keg, etc.

     Was your bear-resistant canister or stuff sack moved?

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

     Was there a dog with you?

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* 35.      Was there a dog with you?

What size was the dog?

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* 36. What size was the dog?

     Visitor Response to Bear

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* 37.      Visitor Response to Bear

     Bear's Reaction to Visitor Response

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* 38.      Bear's Reaction to Visitor Response

     Incident Description: Please provide a brief summary of this bear incident

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* 39.      Incident Description: Please provide a brief summary of this bear incident

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

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

Admin Use:    Prior Nuisance Report

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* 41. Admin Use:    Prior Nuisance Report

Admin Use:     Management Action

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* 42. Admin Use:     Management Action

Admin Use:     Violation?

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* 43. Admin Use:     Violation?

Admin Use:     Law Enforcement Action

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* 44. Admin Use:     Law Enforcement Action

Admin Use:     Bear Population Density?

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* 45. Admin Use:     Bear Population Density?

Admin Use:     Hunted/non-hunted bears?

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

Admin Use:     Mast Available

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* 47. Admin Use:     Mast Available

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