Foolish Interaction With A Black Bear

This is not the right way to interact with a black bear.

We don’t have a lot of information about the video, but the man here seems way too nonchalant about this young black bear nipping at his ankles.

While some bear experts have spent a lot of time with the wild animals without harm, this guy’s casual demeanor is not the right way to deal with an animal that can certainly cause serious injury.

It’s not wise to invite such investigation by a wild animal. Instead, follow our experts bear safety advice and speak firmly to the bear and avoid a possible bite or worse.

A simple shout and this bear would have likely sprinted into the forest, possibly a little more fearful of people and less likely to “investigate” the next person it comes across.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.