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Drop bears - how to avoid?

J J
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Drop bears - how to avoid?

hi there I am really worried about drop bears!

I have done my research on spiders and jellyfish but how do I avoid drop bears?

will they come into my hotel room?

I want to go to the Blue Mountains and the Grand Ocean Drive will there be drop bears there?

it's hard to find how dangerous they really are.

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1. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

Hi,

So long as you stay away from trees and Bundaberg Rum Drop Bears will not be a concern.

However:

www.australianfauna.com/t10dangerous.php

Then there is the flora................ Foam bark, Giant Stinging Tree, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy_TB6onHVE

Cheers,

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2. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

Don't travel on April 1 and you will be fine.

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3. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

There is a spray-on product called "Bear'O'Guard" ... just be aware that it isn't 100% effective on week-days.

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4. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

This is the definitive advice website: http://australianmuseum.net.au/drop-bear

J J
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5. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

Thanks all. Luigi, that article mentions putting forks in your hair when hiking - what do you do? Do people really do this? It all seems a bit strange, but some sites say that there are no known survivors of drop bear attacks??

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6. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

We are still engaged in scientific research on drop bears - although I understand that we may be challenged in the International Court of Justice on our practices here. The forks are for either the bear or us to dine more freely - whomever is quickest on the draw.

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7. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

I wouldnt be too concerned about the drop bears, the hoop snakes are a far far bigger problem

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8. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

"Bear'O'Guard"

LOL!

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9. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

Floppy hats with corks hanging from the rim are available in all souvenir shops. They are effective protection against drop bears and you should wear one everywhere you go, even in your hotel room.

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10. Re: Drop bears - how to avoid?

You need to get the floppy hats with corks AND bells!

Drop Bears are nearly as retiring and lazy as Koalas* so the bells are essential so that you alert them to your presence & don't accidentally surprise one.

If you are here on the 5th Saturday of any month, you may wish to attend the feeding of KBTs * to Drop Bears.

It's a well attended cultural event, very popular with local Australians. Dates & venues are published in all local Tourist Information Centres.

* KBTs - tourists who call Koalas, " Koala Bears".

Drop Bears are easily tracked by their distinctive scat - round, about the size of a cherry, dark brown & often contains small bells.