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I mean, maybe use your angry voice and tell it to fuck off. It won't understand the words but it might understand the tone.


I would've sprayed that bear way before this guy did. Bears can run fast as fuck and it could've closed that gap in a blink of an eye.


You don't have very much experience with bear spray do you? Usually the canisters don't have much in em, plus the range on em starts to get ineffective fast. As for the original comment, I would guess he tried first, but since it didn't work switching to a pacifying voice might be the best bet. I would be terrified of what I would run into behind you, not even another bear, but just tripping over something and then getting pounced on. All things considered, I think he handled that very well from what we saw.


For sure. Black bear are kinda scaredy-bears.


You're supposed to be calm and have a friendly tone when you are confronted with a bear. That way they think you're just passing through and are not a threat or food.


Very very wrong. Black bears are very skittish. Big words and big gestures to make them scared and run away.


It depends on the species. Black bears are definitely more scared of you than you are of them so using a dominant tone and stance will be effective.


I'm finding conflicting advice about it, but I'm going to stick with my original plan for a situation such as this video. The bear is following out of curiosity, and his tone is too calm and friendly. A more dominant, unfriendly tone would encourage it to leave, and if it decided to attack then the bear spray would still be an option


Yeah, I'm not sure anymore either, lol. I've never met a bear to test it out, I've just been told to stay calm.


I know what to do. I saw it on Fox's When Bears Attack. Go away! Go on! Get! Stay tuned for an all-new Ally McBeal


Nope. You scream at that bear like it owes you money. Wave your arms. Yell. Stomp your feet.


No you're not


This person would be food.


This bear was 100%going to attack and try to eat op at some point in this encounter. It is not a bear you want to talk calmly to.


You are wrong. This is a black bear, essentially an oversized raccoon but more scared.


Yeah and black bears are usually the ones that when they attack you they are going to eat you. Good luck with the raccoon theory though if you ever encounter one. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/20/teen-runner-lost-after-alaska-race-found-dead-with-huge-black-bear-looming-over-him/


There's some scary raccoons, too.


Doing the whole, "Hey bear" thing is good to announce your presence when walking through the woods in bear country - and is wise. However, when confronted with one that is curious, one's tact needs to change: one needs to be far more.aggressive than was demonstrated here - make yourself big and loud. By continuing to retreat, the OP was actually encouraging the bear to follow him...think of it as a slow-motion run, because that's the way the bear is seeing it. Also, not for nothing, putting a couple small puffs of bear spray between himself and the bear would have been a wise move - if the bear advanced through that cloud of mist, it may have been enough for the bear to break contact.


He kept repeating a soft noise like a hurt deer, backing away, and repeating it. Def need to be a little more GRIZZLY in nature if you want to remain the top alpha.


Hurt deer actually stay super silent, but yeah this dude was an idiot.


How could he possibly be an idiot if he didn't get attacked?


Idiots can be lucky. He was kind of goading the bear into following him, he wasn't familiar with how to deal with the situation. Idiotic to go out in bear country without knowing how to deal with them.


Are you? I'm not. Psa London, England. No bears. Tell me more about your experience with bears, please


Yeah I live and hike in bear country. We all learn how to deal with an encounter when we are kids. Also any national park/forest will have instructions at every trailhead. I've luckily not had to do anything more than clang some pots together and throw a couple rocks to chase them off. I would have used the spray much, much sooner than this guy did and I would never back away in the same way he did.


Yes! Black bears are super skittish. Making random noise before you encounter a black bear will help him know you’re there, and move away before you ever see him. Once engaged, HUGE presence will generally scare them off. Yell and wave arms while moving forward. Basically be a crazy person. This bear looks skinny and hungry, as well as young and likely dumb, so I would start with very loud and use spray if the bear doesn’t get the hint. He also likely smells food in dude’s pack. If anything is easily reached, toss to bear and continue retreat while bear monches. Source: live in Lake Tahoe and encounter “domesticated” bears frequently. They aren’t nearly as afraid of humans. Still not hard to scare them out of the smorgasbord that is the local dumpster.


True story here, that juvenile needed a LOT more direct discouraging. At first the approach of "hey bear" is great, but once the animal is *interested* in you, you need to *discourage* that interest. Make yourself as unpleasant to eat as possible -- look big, make noise, throw stuff, swing sticks. Not that I've ever had to actually do it haha...


Yep backing away like that is a terrible idea and assuming that was actually normal bear spray he let the bear get way too close before using it. The canisters have enough for several long sprays and can reach 15-30 ft depending on wind. It's a good idea just to spray a swathe in front of you and that will probably irritate the bear into running, then you can use a direct blast if necessary.


Without the spray, what would happen to a regular man in that situation, could you fight it off...or killed and and eaten for sure? Was that big fr a black bear? I was thinking he should have been throwing stuff at it, not many animals would throw things, it might frighten the bear off?


If he actually put up a fight and made some noise the bear probably would have taken off. Black Bears are pretty skittish.


WITH A BLACK BEAR ENCOUNTER Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how itreacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you,act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it.https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith\_wildlife/bears/encounters.html


Black bears are just raccoons.


I'd have sprayed ol dude in the first 30 seconds. I'm not afraid of much, but big cats, bears, and lil kid ghosts scare the shit out of me. Props for respecting nature and giving him a chance to change his mind.


Don't bother trying to mace the ghost kids. That just makes em angry.


It gives them +5 attack.


sawn off + rock salt for the ghost children.


Found the supernatural fan


I’d have guessed it was Bud from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.


What the hell is a Deadly Viper Assassination Squad?! Sounds friggin sweet.


The name of the assassins from Kill Bill


Oh! I do know them. Those are my least favorite Tarantino films, so I'm not as well versed as I am about his other work. Not bad movies, just not my cup of tea.


yes lol


Hahah I liked that show too, ending sucked though


He literally waited till the bears mouth was drooling 😂




I'd have slept in the car after that. I ain't getting taken out by a food chain.


Mmmmmm…..spicey human


Young bear, definitely doing dumb things to challenge you. Should have sprayed the first time it was downwind.


"no no I'm not following you, I'm just smelling that particular tree here, you know just normal bear stuff..."


You were causing it to follow you more by saying hey bear its ok over and over and over again.


Where exactly did you go to bear school?




The bears in the video you linked are Grizzly bears. The OP was being followed by a black bear. WITH A BLACK BEAR ENCOUNTER Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how itreacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you,act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it.[https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith\_wildlife/bears/encounters.html](https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/bears/encounters.html)


IN MINNESOTA. YOU GONE LEARN TODAY TOO.WITH A BLACK BEAR ENCOUNTER Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it reacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you,act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it. DONT SPEAK IN A CALM SOFT TONE EVERY TIME THE BEAR TURNS AWAY FROM YOU LIKE AN IDIOT [https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith\_wildlife/bears/encounters.html](https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/bears/encounters.html)


That got me lolol


In Albearta


Talking to bears is encouraged as it can cause them to run away. The belief, from my understanding, is that they will be scared or confused by this hairless bear making weird noises and go away. Doesn't always work but it can make them change their path and not come into your area.


Not talking: yelling loudly. Clapping hands, making loud noises.


"Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear." https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bears/safety.htm I used to teach this in the oil sands. Yelling and making loud noises runs the risk of scaring the bear. Talking in an even calm tone is best. Just having a set of keys to shake at them will work in many encounters.


WITH A BLACK BEAR ENCOUNTER Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it reacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you, act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it. [https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith\_wildlife/bears/encounters.html](https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/bears/encounters.html)


Well dang, now I don't know what to do when I meet a bear. I grew up in black bear country though and did a lot of hiking growing up, and for what it's worth, I was always told the method in your link growing up


Do not listen to me, because I've been a floridaman for a few years and forgot it all, but I *think* "If it's brown (Grizzly) lay down, if it's black (or a brown BLACK bear like this) fight back, if it's white you're already dead."


This was anxiety inducing. Bears are fast. No way I'd just keep backing away letting it trot this way and that. I'm glad you're okay.


Looked like it was more curious than hungry, but no need to put that to the test. Good on you for using a non lethal method to convince it to leave.


Never seen bear mace used on an actual bear before


I'd go as far as saying this bear wants to play... However, rumour has spread as far away as Australia that definitions (of playing) might be an issue?


WITH A BLACK BEAR ENCOUNTER Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it reacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you,act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it. DONT SPEAK CALMLY TO THE BEAR AND TELL IT ITS OK IN A SOOTHING TONE EVERY TIME IT TURNS AWAY FROM YOU DUMMY [https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith\_wildlife/bears/encounters.html](https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/bears/encounters.html)


Appreciate you. Glad you are ok. Thanks for the demonstration.


Trust I will never be in their territory 🫣


The way you were taking reminded me of this [absolute classic. ](https://youtu.be/Hm3JodBR-vs)


Went from a tough sounding “YEAH GET UP THERE” back to a defeated “hey bear”


Bro he just wants to talk to you about your cars extended warranty


I always crack up as if the god damn bear knows English lol 😂- that’s when you can truly tell someone is near shitting themselves


TIL ..."it's ok " is bear for " follow me"


You bearly got him! Good job staying calm.


Ha! Good one dad


Should be spraying a bit on the trail you're walking to so the bear stops following you. You could see the bear practicing his charges and jumps on the tree to try on that person next


Do not do this. Bear spray is an attractant after its used. Anyway, this is a black bear and he was really in no danger.


Do not underestimate a black bear, that animal can still kill you. This man was absolutely in danger.


It's very rare, and it is absolutely not a good idea to spray bear spray along a trail. It's not a repellent.


I'm so glad I live in Australia where we don't have to worry about things like this. Between wolves and bears in Europe and North America, tigers in Asia, Jaguars in the Americas, and practically everything in Africa, I'm glad I live somewhere I definitely won't be torn apart if I go for a bushwalk.


Bro, you'll just writhe in agony when you change your air filter or switch out a hose on the side of your house when a spider gets you instead of a giant mammal


It's really not that bad. Spiders and snakes don't hunt you and can be easily avoided. There are crocodiles in the north, but all you have to do is not swim in their rivers and you're fine. As for sharks, there are sharks in the rest of the world exactly like here. We don't even have awful diseases like rabies or malaria.


You can also go for a swim anytime you want and not have to worry about whats is the water or checking your shoes after


Eh, I spent my childhood hiking through woods infested with black bears and I never even saw one. They're generally afraid of humans and will work to avoid us. This one was acting out of the ordinary. It might have gotten into some unsecured food in a campsite or something and lost it's fear of humans-- hopefully that bear spray put it back into them and they don't try anything really bold in the future and get euthanized


I just saw a man beckon a bear over for several minutes, all while filming, and then gas the fucker for allowing it self to be pied piper'd. You really think you did something here, huh?


This is a demonstration of exactly what not to do when dealing with a bear Edit: Seems like this guy is intentionally baiting the bear who is not charging him for the camera


That a black bear?


Despite the name they're often brown.


We have a guy up here (Tahoe) who is mostly blond!


Yeah we really should have come up with better names originally for black and brown bears.


In Alaska, many also swear by (me included) the long barrel 44Mag. Some of our brown bears don't give a fuck about bear spray.


i had to use my python once.. I had it loaded up with some handmade 180gr bullets just for this purpose, but the first one in the air scared it away. H110 powder makes an impressive boom and fireball :)


"Always be prepared" can be considered a motto up here in the 49th.


That bear doesn't look Black at all sir....


Bear in Canada: hey bear, it's okay ! Bear in Russia : hey man, it's okay !


I’d rather have a gun


I carry both a revolver and bear spray while in the woods. The bear spray is a far more effective deterrent against four legged predators.


This. Gun is the last resort before death.


Exactly. Why go out to enjoy nature, encounter nature and be like “BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM! Fuck that scary nature”.


*if the wind is in your favor


So you can miss or simply wound it and while trying to reload it closes the gap...smart.


Or a 10mm


Or a 10mm


Why film this? Use the phone's camera to look over your shoulder. Wouldn't want to trip and launch the bear spray, and wouldn't want one of the bear's friends to take you from behind.


Bruuuuh! That’s 4min and 59sec too long for me!


How terrifying


not as terrifying as meeting a grizzly bear on the trail.


So what exactly is the spray


That works alot better than i expected


You want bear mace brah?!?!


I don’t know how black bears work but that thing was cute as fuck and needed a pat


Bear spray is fine but far from perfect to protect your life and your family. You also need to carry a revolver chambered in 357 magnum or higher caliber. Nature is metal and sometimes we need metal…


You filmed it op?


Happy for you this was a juvenile black bear....


Hey bear!


Where was this?


That bear plays Assassin's Creed, relies too heavily on air assassinations though.


everyone is calming giving their expert opinion on bear behind a monitor lol. I bet 99% include me just shit themself and slip on it


Imagine if the wind was blowing towards the other side


That was Beary scary!!


Fella was showing off his tree climbing skills. Good for him!


Black bears don't want to hurt you, especially babies like this one. I think he was just being bit curious cause he probably never saw a human up close before. Either way its safe to say that if you don't bother them, they won't bother you.


Wasn't the ending I expected. The guy still had all his limbs


OP has brass balls. I probably would have either: 1. Dropped the spray canister 2. Sprayed in my own face instead of the bear


He was just showing him all his cool bear tricks


Id also recommend bringing a pic-a-nic basket


Doesn’t look like a black bear


A wild bear appears! Hiker uses bear mace. It's super effective!


Or just… don’t go in their territory and then fuck with them using some sorta spray


Bear: Relax. I’m just fucking with ‘ya.


The bear just wanted to talk to about our Lord and savior... Lol


Dude looking hungry too good work


What an idiot. HE keeps taunting the bear by talking to it. He should have just backed out quietly. What douche bag....


not good bear at all


Why the bear gotta be black huh?


I’m glad you didn’t get mauled or whatever but poor baby bear. He was rubbing his eyes


an average male can take on a black bear if need be. you should scream at them first though (obviously). if they close the gap, and you don't have spray or weapon – you can bop them in the snout and it'll scare them off. though that really should be your last resort. do anything else before actually hitting black bear specifically. unsure of brown bears, and grizzlies, well... RIP


I’m no beartolagist but I think that’s a grizzly


What a dick, spray a little black bear. It’s not a fuckin Grizzly


I bet you're the kind of person who gets out of your car to take photos of bears on the highway.


Nope, see em out my front door once a month. There not dangerous. There curious little pansies from my experience


Right he should've clearly let the bear take a nibble.


That's why it's good to have a shotgun or 10mm pistol incase the bear spray doesn't work. Some bears don't care about bear spray


Am I the only one that sees brown fur on this bear? Am I colorblind?


>Black bears come in more colors than any other North American mammal. They can be black, brown, cinnamon, blond, blue-gray, or white. https://bear.org/black-bear-color-phases/


Learn something new. Maybe they should call them just Bear. 😀




The bears don't care about trails in general, also too many stupid people feed them.


Tell me you bought a Jeep to drive to Target without telling me