These guys definitely got their hearts started, it got mine started just watching…I guess the guide’s muzzle blast was enough to make her change her mind (lucky for them). Bears have fascinated humans for millennia. As one of the most adaptable and versatile mammals on earth, their behavior stirs fear, awe, wonder, and curiosity in us. Unfortunately, there are still many myths surrounding the lives and behavior of bears that negatively impact our relationships with them.
Bears are intelligent and resourceful wild mammals that deserve our respect. A greater knowledge of the behavior, ecology and habitat needs of bears is crucial if we are to learn to co-exist peacefully with these magnificent creatures. Just remember, when you are out in the woods, you are in their environment and they are the apex predators, it’s always a good thing to be cautious.
Myth #1: Bears are unpredictable
Fact: Bears use body language and vocalizations to show their intentions. Learning about bear behavior can be beneficial to people who live or recreate in bear country.
Myth #2: Bears can’t run down hill
Fact: Bears can run more than 60 kilometers an hour, and they can do it up hills, down hills or along a slope. To put that in perspective, that’s 15 m/sec or 50 ft/sec – more than twice as fast as we can run. In fact, a bear can outrun a racehorse over short distances but has little endurance.
Myth #3: A bear standing on its hind legs is about to charge
Fact: Actually, a bear standing on its hind legs is just trying to better identify what has caught its attention. As I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s much easier to see, hear and smell things from a standing position, than down on all fours.