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When black bears attack! How to survive a real bear encounter in nature. Be aware of these wild animals!
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What is it?
The American black bear & the Asian black bear are the main black bear species found in the world today. Even though they share some similarities, they also have a number of key differences when it comes to appearance, habitat & behavior towards humans.
On average, adult male Asian black bears weigh around 300 pounds, while their American counterparts are typically larger, ranging in size from 126 to 551 pounds, depending on the region. Asian black bears have black fur, light-brown muzzles & a distinctive white patch on the chest which can sometimes be in the shape of a V. They also have bell-shaped ears that stick out sideways from their heads & are proportionately larger than those of any other bear species. Asian black bears have shorter hind legs than American black bears.
While camping at Glacier View Ranch, a retreat center in West, Colorado a 19-year-old camping instructor known only as Dylan, woke up with a bear paw wrapped around him.
Where is it located?
American black bears are the smallest & most common bear species in North America. They’re widely distributed with a total population estimated at being twice as large as that of all other bear species combined. Their decreasing numbers mainly attributed to deforestation. They’re currently found in the Himalayas, northeastern China, Korea, the Russian Far East, Taiwan, certain islands in Japan & the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent. .
5 Darsh Patel
22-year-old student Darsh Patel was hiking with a group of friends in the woods of the Apshawa Preserve, in New Jersey, when they stumbled upon a massive black bear. They spotted the bear in the distance & turned around when it got within 300 feet of them. Unfortunately, the 302-pound black bear kept following the group. Patel was last seen trying to get away from the animal by climbing some rocks.
Its sense of smell is particularly well-developed which enables it to better detect human activity. It’s thought that this is due to increased interaction with humans. Others describe it as an adaptation to sharing the territory with predators such as tigers.
4 Li Guoxing
In 2004, Chinese farmer Li Guoxing spotted an Asian black bear that was approaching his sheep.
Awareness is the first step towards ensuring survival known for black bear activity. This means packing away your trash & food & carrying bear spray. You should never sneak up on it & making noise when walking through the woods will ensure that you don’t stumble upon a hidden black bear. Never run from a black bear or turn your back to it. They’re excellent climbers so climbing a tree to get away isn’t recommended. Instead, stand your ground & cause a commotion while making yourself look bigger. Use bear spray if it’s about 40 or 50 feet away.
3 Black Bears in Alaska
In June 2017, two black bears showed up in Alaska over the course of 36 hours. The first one was 16-year-old Patrick Cooper, who was running in the Bird Ridge Trail Race, in Anchorage. Patrick became lost after veering off track &, at one point, placed frantic call to his brother telling him that he was being chased by a bear.
2 Black Bears in Japan
Over the course of three weeks, Japan’s Akita region was plagued by a series of black bears. Three of them were men in their 60s & 70s while picking bamboo soot in the region. The fourth one involved a 74-year-old woman foraging for edible plants. A black bear was eventually found near the site of the fourth incident.
1 Fon Phromlat
A drunk Thai man confronted a black bear for over 15 minutes, after he entered an enclosure at the Phetchabun temple sanctuary. The enclosure, locally referred to as the ‘Luang Poo Lamai Herb Garden’, used to house more than one hundred wild boar. It was also the home of Jao Kaew, a giant female black bear raised at the facility ever since she was a cub. As those who managed the enclosure wanted the boar species to grow, the temple offered locals the chance to take boars home for free. When 38-year-old Fon Phromlat entered the cage with the intention of retrieving a boar, he tried to pat the bear on the head & offered it some grass.