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Black Bear Climbs Tree and Sniffs.

Bears will eat people!

This video (at the bottom of the page) shows a black bear climbing up a tree where a hunter has attached a hunting platform. The hunter certainly remains cool as the bear climbs to investigate.

Black bears are excellent tree climber, as opposed to brown bears, also known as grizzly bears (photo below).

Grizzly Bear- Photograph by John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk
If you were in a situation where a grizzly bear was running toward you to attack, and you had enough time to climb a tree, you would potentially be safe, depending on the tree size and height. A black bear, as shown by this video, could easily climb up after you!

As a backpacker, I venture into the forest where bears dwell. Knowledge about bears, their habits, tendencies and probability for aggressiveness is very important. A book that I highly recommend reading, authored by Stephen Herrero, is called Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance (revised edition) . This book examines all aspects concerning the nature of the black bear and the brown bear, how you should react if you encounter one in the wild and methods for sound backwoods camping.

From the the inside book flap:

What causes bear attacks? When should you play dead and when should you fight an attacking bear? What do we know about black and grizzly bears and how can this knowledge be used to avoid bear attacks? And, more generally, what is the bear's future?
Bear Attacks is a thorough and unflinching landmark study of the attacks made on men and women by the great grizzly and the occasionally deadly black bear. This is a book for everyone who hikes, camps, or visits bear country – and for anyone who wants to know more about these sometimes fearsome but always fascinating wild creatures.

I highly recommend this book if  you plan on doing any hiking in the backwoods.

To play video below, click it.


  1. Anonymous7:54 AM

    I would be scared out of my mind.


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