Grizzly bear in Glacier National Park chases black bear on video
If you thought climbing a tree to escape bears was a good idea, a video posted Tuesday by Glacier National Park might change your mind.
Tourist Anthony James has filmed what happens when a hungry grizzly bear and a black bear meet.
“Normally enjoyable when food is plentiful, grizzly bears and black bears are more common when food is scarce, such as in early summer,” Glacier National Park officials said.
Grizzly bears are larger and generally stronger than black bears, but a black bear can climb a tree.
“In case we need proof that we can’t climb a black bear,” one person said on Facebook.
In the video, the two bears come face to face in the park. The black bear moves away from the grizzly and soars into the tree. The grizzly cannot reach the black bear, even if it tries.
“This black bear is displaying its powerful exit strategy: climbing,” park officials said. “The black bear’s short, sharp claws are ideal for climbing trees.
Grizzly bears are longer and duller than a black bear, and grizzly bears are much heavier.
At least 300 grizzly bears and 600 black bears roam Glacier National Park, according to the National Park Service.
Tourists should always stay at least 100 meters from bears or wolves in the park.
“Never intentionally approach a bear. Individual bears have their own personal space needs, which vary depending on their mood, ”the National Park Service said. “Everyone will react differently and their behavior cannot be predicted.”
If you come into close contact with a bear, you should back up slowly. Never play dead, run, scream or make sudden movements. You shouldn’t try to climb trees either.
The best thing to do is slowly put some distance between you and the bear, shoot some bear spray, and prepare to use it if the bear charges towards you.
If you are involved in a conflict with a bear, you should report it to the National Park Service, even if it is a minor.
“Knowing and understanding bears and their behavior can help reduce the risk of encounters with bears and diffuse aggressive encounters when they do occur,” the National Park Service said. “If you haven’t already, review the best practices. “