December 12, 2018

Maine’s Contortionist, Human-Reasoning Black Bears

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Why? For years I just keep asking myself why it is that bear biologists, as a whole,  insist on protecting the image of a large predator that is capable of ripping you and me to shreds. It just never ends. It’s a giant echo chamber where all you hear is that bears are more scared of you and they rarely bother people. Today, here’s a new false adage to file into your list of inane conversation pieces.

“We have bears that will basically do anything they can, turn themselves inside out, to get away from a human.”

A hungry, angry or threatened bear will also run you down and rip you to shreds under the right conditions. Are we then supposed to approach every bear as though that bear will “turn themselves inside out” to run the other way not satisfying his hunger pains, or having a “time out” to cool his jets for a bit?

Making a statement that bears rarely attack people is not only a bit dishonest but is highly value rated by the individual making the statement or is politically charged by animal protection nuts who rationalize bear behavior to that of humans. It’s much the same as stating that plane crashes are rare. However, when they do happen the event itself (I’m guessing) is highly unpleasant – much the same as being mauled to pieces by a pissed off bear.

The truth is we never know the mindset of a bear when we see one. Yes, it’s “rare” that that bear will turn and eat you up, but, as with any animal, they are unpredictable. Driven by hunger, there is no telling what a bear or any large predator will do. An angry or threatened bear is much the same and we have little knowledge of what can piss off a bear.

A bear does not reason, contrary to what misguided animal perverts might choose to believe. They only act and react on instinct. When you enter bear country, it’s a pretty good idea to have a plan of what it is you are supposed to do when you encounter a bear that’s NOT “turning themselves inside out” to get away. Don’t assume anything.

To a bear, human flesh tastes “just like chicken.”

 

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