I know what you’re thinking, why on earth would someone take a road-kill deer carcass, attach a battery to it and hang it out in the middle of the woods? According to the description that went along with this video, it was done as an experiment to deter bears from stealing a hunter’s kill during deer season. By electrifying the deer, when the bear tries to take it, it will receive an electrical shock and created a learned behavior that would prevent the bear from stealing a hunter’s kill. What the folks didn’t consider, was the bears tenacity to get a free meal.
In the video below, a Montana grizzly bear attempts to retrieve an electrically charged, road-killed deer. The deer is electrified as an experiment to protect hunters’ game kills and, in turn, to minimize bear-human encounters.
This all sounds pretty good in theory, but as you will see, the folks conducting this little experiment seemed to have underestimated the bear.
Except for mother bears, bears are territorial animals that need to range widely to find enough food to sustain themselves. A bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away. You should just assume that they can smell the food in your food bag too.
If we take all of this into consideration and add the fact that your average grizzly weighs-in at around upwards of 700 pounds and the males are heavier than the females and can weigh up to 1,700 pounds. A large female will weigh up to 800 pounds. That’s alot of animal that is designed for one thing and one thing only, to get a meal by any means possible. These are extremely powerful animals and some puny little car battery isn’t going to get in the way of the bear getting a free lunch.
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