Myth #4: Bears can’t run downhill

Myth #4: Bears can’t run downhill

There is a well-known myth that says that if you’re being chased by a bear, then you should run downhill because bears can’t run downhill. The myth justifies this conclusion by saying that a bears front legs are shorter than it’s hind legs, so it can’t run downhill. This is FALSE. Bears can outrun you no matter where you try to run. They can run just as fast downhill as...

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Myth #3: If a Bear is standing on its hind legs, then it is getting ready to charge you….run!!!

Myth #3: If a Bear is standing on its hind legs, then it is getting ready to charge you….run!!!

This myth couldn’t be more false. Bears can see, hear, and smell better standing up than they can when they are down on all four legs. So when they are standing up they are just trying to see what is in front of them. Cubs especially stand up a lot just to see over the grass. However, there are signs that do indicate that a bear is going to attack. Those signs include: direct eye contact,...

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Myth #2: If charged by a Bear, climb a tree

Myth #2: If charged by a Bear, climb a tree

This one is relatively simple to answer…. Bears are actually excellent climbers! Black Bears are the better climbers between Black Bears and Grizzlies, but Grizzlies can also climb trees, just not as fast as a Black Bear. Moral of the story: don’t climb a tree if a bear charges you…they’ll follow you up there, and then you’ll be stuck up a tree with a bear!

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Myth #1: Bears have bad eyesight

Myth #1: Bears have bad eyesight

This is actually a common misconception. Yes, bears do have an amazing sense of smell, but it does not make up for a lack of vision because they actually have excellent eyesight. Bears can see just as well as humans do during the daytime, but it is during the night that their fantastic vision pulls out all the stops. Like your family’s dog or cat, bears have amazing night vision. There is a...

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Bear Myths? Or Bear Facts?

Bear Myths? Or Bear Facts?

The next several posts will be about the common myths that are well known about bears. Hopefully we will be able to dispel some of the common misconceptions about our furry friends.

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