With that many dogs, I can only assume they used them to track the bears. I am certain in that era there were a lot of bear in "them thar hills." When I was a teen ager we had a neighbor that I recall got a bear up on Fir Mountain. Know they were probably quite a few of them roaming around, but never saw one.
charlott on 20th December 2013 @ 7:03am
They were still bear in the Hood River area in the late 1940's. I remember that Don McConn got one.
Bill Seaton on 20th December 2013 @ 7:10am
I've seen a number of bear in "them thar hills" around the Valley in recent times.
spinsur on 20th December 2013 @ 7:18am
The hide on the right looks like a pretty good sized bear.
Lots of bear where I live. A couple of years ago, one ran through the school yard. In the 1980's a little girl was killed here by a bear.
It is still a strong memory for many of us.
I wonder what kind of dogs those are? They look to be of the same breed.
l.e. on 20th December 2013 @ 7:26am
Good looking hunting dogs. And it sure looks like a bear hunting trip, but I don't really understand it. Bear meat is lousy eating, and where I have lived if anybody wanted to shoot one for sport, just leave a little garbage outside for bait. Wildlife officers have to get rid of some every year here on the peninsula where I live now because they become a nuisance. In Alaska they were also considered more of a nuisance than anything. Hunting dogs like that were used for "runnin cougar" that were killing livestock when I was a kid. Also notice the old flintlock rifle not in this picture.
Buzz on 20th December 2013 @ 7:54am
Oh, they are still around. At least once a year someone out riding sees a bear in the Post Canyon area.
JF on 20th December 2013 @ 9:28am
Buzz, Tex said it was good if you knew how to process the kill, etc.
charlott on 20th December 2013 @ 10:17am
Don't know who Tex is, but if he likes it, I hereby donate my future share of bear meat to Tex. Guess taste is an individual thing, because if I were forced to process any more of it, hunting dogs would not go hungry. LOL
Buzz on 20th December 2013 @ 10:53am
I recall an article with photo in the Hood River News some time in the 80s telling of a bear killed on the west side of town (Country Club, Post Canyon?). Supposedly the largest bear on record shot. I don't remember the name of the person.
Maria Kollas on 20th December 2013 @ 12:11pm
My brother shot a bear in Hood River Valley back in the 70's. It made a nice rug. I think he used some of the meat, but I hear it is greasy.
Jeffrey Bryant on 20th December 2013 @ 4:16pm
Buzz,the "Tex" that Charlott mentions was Tex Lyda. He was one of the janitors at HRHS when you were there.
Bill Seaton on 20th December 2013 @ 4:24pm
Forgot about that Tex. If anybody would know how to make bear meat edible, it would probably be him.
Buzz on 20th December 2013 @ 5:52pm
I am a bit skeptical that these guys are hunting bear during the photo. I agree with Buzz.....the dogs seem more likely to be used for cougar hunting.
Although, you wouldn't need pack saddles to pack out a cougar.
l.e. on 20th December 2013 @ 6:43pm
Yes sir, when it came to "wild" meat Tex knew how to deal with it.
charlott on 21st December 2013 @ 4:02am
l.e., the Kentta boys who run cougar on the coast just brought the hides back. They couldn't use horses as the ground was too steep and brushy. They chased them on foot and were usually gone for up to a week. Don't think anyone would pack a dead cougar out as I never heard of anyone eating the meat. But I can't speak to whether Tex thought it was good eating.
Buzz on 21st December 2013 @ 8:48am
Tex was a treasure. If we came to school early, he would help us with our geometry homework.
Barbara Parsons on 5th January 2021 @ 7:53pm
Tex was a good guy. I managed to make his acquaintance my freshman year. Little did I know my parents knew the Lyda family. I think they live out on the eastside. His birth name was Whitman. Yes, he was from Texas.
LMH on 8th January 2021 @ 10:37pm
Further research - The whole family, Tex, Dixie, Joe and Judy are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
LMH on 8th January 2021 @ 10:46pm