And That’s Far Enough, Big Fella

[Oh, OK. Well, I thought you might have some snacks or maybe some barbequed ribs or something. I’ll go back to my cave and start hibernating.]




  1. Can I have him come and train my dog to stop peeing in the house? !

  2. Amazing. He is using his “Dad” voice and the bear (no doubt a young one) obeys.

  3. “Awwwww, ok…”

  4. Jenny Islander says:

    Actually, if a black bear comes up to you like this, this is exactly what you should do. Preferably with a big stick in one hand and a cell phone in the other. They. Um.

    Skip if you don’t want nuffy stuff.

    They will test you to see if they can get you to drop food for them, which you shouldn’t, because then the next hiker they meet will be treated like a vending machine. Also some will outright decide to test your confidence in your own strength as if you were, oh, a big meaty elk. “The sensitive ones get eaten.”

    They are fubsy and cute. They are also meatasauruses.

  5. grytlappar says:

    It’s such a good-looking bear. So shiny!

  6. @ Jenny Great points! Here in Northern New England, a keen eye AND nose alerts us when we’re in proximity so we have time to slowly, calmly back away. But like you said, if worst comes to worst, make the loudest racket you can, look as big as you can, and stand your ground. The rest is in God’s hands, as they say.

    Also, I can confirm that bears do, in fact, poop in the woods, having nearly stepped in a pile of fresh steaming “shoe-goo.” Funny thing is, I must have been awfully close to the bear but I never saw or heard a thing. Amazing! So, I stood tall, my head swiveled on it’s neck looking around, and I gently removed myself from the area. (I also carry a pointed walking stick)

    Here’s a Fun Fact: Black bears don’t hibernate. They go into a torpor: “a state of decreased physiological activity in an animal, usually by a reduced body temperature and metabolic rate. Torpor enables animals to survive periods of reduced food availability.” – Wikipedia

  7. warm-n-fuzzy says:

    Hey jny, I live in NE too, kind of in the middle, close to the NY border. This summer, I was sitting at my computer, I think it was around noontime, and I heard some rustling in the dried up gully that borders my house. Turns out, it was a big, old black bear. Looked and acted a lot like the guy in the vid. Kind of dazed, as if he was getting over a bender. I love seeing wild animals, especially bears!

  8. “You darn kids! Get offa my lawn!” *shakes fist*

  9. @Warm-n-fuzzy Neat!

  10. Sharon Wilson says:

    Just try that with a GRIZZLY bear!

  11. You KNOW that voice-over was added later.

  12. Jenny Islander says:

    @Sharon Wilson: Yep! In Kodiak they teach this: First stand tall and speak politely and calmly to the bear to explain that you are in fact a hoomin and you don’t want to get into a beef with any bears. Then, if this doesn’t work (and it often does), or if the brown bear introduces itself to you by charging straight for you (which is not frequent but is terrifying), lie on your front in the fetal position with your hands locked over the back of your neck; this will protect most of your really important bits long enough for the bear to get bored. Usually. Brown bears are also, albeit very rarely, meatasauruses.

    But most of the time brown bears just do their thing and we do ours. Don’t do anything silly like sneaking around in the woods (because a startled bear is likely to whap you hard before running away) or leaving food out where Mr. Bruin can get at it (thus teaching him to associate you with food), and most of the time they’re just our very big neighbors who get the right of way at all times. No, seriously, at the Kodiak golf course bears are a recognized hazard in the rulebook–just let them play through and go get your ball later.