Black Bear Perfects Prison Escape Technique With Barb Wire Fence

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: October 8, 2022
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There’s no denying that bears are curious creatures. Black bears are often secretive and elusive animals. These creatures may become drawn to human activity due to their natural curiosity. In search of nourishment, they frequently go to picnic grounds and camping grounds. 

Although they typically do not attack people, they can turn violent if they feel threatened or if they are defending their cubs. It is better to give it lots of room and stay away from it if you notice one.

During a drive in Anchorage, Alaska, someone spotted a black bear doing the most peculiar thing. Without cause for concern, this bear saw a tall, wire fence and treated it like a playground! Thankfully, the person driving was able to pull over and film for us to see! 

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Even with the barbs at the top, the bear carefully makes its way over the fence. He takes his time and assesses the situation, but doesn’t let that stop him from making it to the other side. After the bear passes the barb, he stretches out in hopes of reaching the ground. This is when we get a glance at just how huge these creatures are! 

Black bears can grow to be between 50 and 75 inches long and weigh between 130 and 660 pounds as adults. Females weigh 90 to 175 pounds and range in height from 50 to 75 inches. The size of black bears varies significantly depending on the quality of the food that is available. A male’s size advantage over a female may range from 20 to 60 percent.

Skilled Climbers

A comment by a Youtube user named William says what we’re all thinking while watching the footage. He says, “That whole video I was holding my breath, hoping that the bear didn’t slip and fall during his descent and get torn up by the barbed wire! Wow! What agility!”

Black bears use all four of their legs to climb quite well. Their front legs are used for tugging and grasping while their back legs are used to propel their body up. Some do this fast, giving the impression that they are climbing surfaces by simply walking. The American black bear’s hooked claws make it easier for them to hold objects.

Who knows why this bear climbed over the fence, but one thing we know is that he was on a mission! Bears will do incredible things if they smell food in the distance. Because they can smell up to 20 miles away – yes, miles – they’ll climb fences, break into vehicles, and even houses if they get a whiff of something tasty. 

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About the Author

When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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