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Glen Reid BS: Nose to Nose with a Bear! (41) RE: BS: Nose to Nose with a Bear! 09 Nov 02

About a year ago, one evening just about dusk, I was driving home on the dirt road that leads to my home,when out of the woods came a black bear, running full tilt.
Needless to say he didnt see me, nor I him, till the moment of impact.
I had been traveling at about 40 mph and he hit me at a right angle to my vehicle, caving in the passenger door.
I would estimate this to be a mature animal of about 300-350 lbs.judging by the fact that I was nearly blown off the road by the impact and instinctivly I checked my rearview mirror,seeing this critter doing cartwheels down the road.
I stopped and backed up to see if it was mortally wounded(from the safty of my car)but it was gone, probably nursing one hell of a headache.
The damage to the car was over $1200 and I had $300 deductable and I was told ,most certanly my insurance would go up if I had put it through.
Therfore I didnt, however It was suggested by the insurance agent that I could try billing the Provincial government for my loss, as this was indeed one of their, so called nuisance bears.
I tried, but their responce was a formally worded "nice try, fat chance, have a nice day, HA HA".
So if you are travelling through Northern Ontario, in the Burk's Falls region.
Beware the bears!
Cheers Glen

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