Continue reading for our analysis...
Being able to prepare for coming face to face with a predator is intimidating and fearful. One of the good things about seeing a predator is that you have time to react and respond just as you should. However, what about those situations where you don’t know you’re about to come face to face with danger? And you have no opportunity to react. No chance to fight or fight? Well, we see a situation similar to this below!
Black Bear Vs. Bicyclist
At the start of this video, we see a bicyclist traveling down a dirt path in the woods alone. This was like any other day for this bicyclist. He found a new path through the woods, and he wanted to take this adventure. Some new challenge to give himself.
However, this experience is not exactly what he signed up for. As he’s biking down the path, we get to 2:02, and just as he’s turning a corner, we see an enormous black bear just up ahead! This startled this bicyclist so much that he crashed into the bushes and fell off his bike. This bicyclist had no warning. He gets up quickly from his fall, and we see him turning his bike and going the other way, away from the potential danger.
How Many Bears Are There?
While we may imagine all bears being equal in our eyes. Giant beasts who weigh thousands of pounds have long and sharp claws and teeth that can tear flesh from our limbs. Okay, this was romanticized largely by Hollywood. All bears are not like this, and all bears are not the same size. This brings us to look at the different species there are of bears.
The adorable-sounding Bear With Us organization shares that there are eight species of bear.
- North American Black Bear – (Ursus americanus)
- Brown Bear – (Ursus arctos)
- Polar Bear – (Ursus maritimus)
- Asiatic black bear – (Ursus thibetanus)
- Andean Bear – (Tremarctos ornatus)
- Panda Bear – (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
- Sloth bear– (Melursus ursinus)
- Sun Bear – (Ursus malayanus)
The largest of these bears is the polar bear. The polar bear weighs anywhere from 330-1,322 pounds (150-600 kilograms). And reaches a height of 6.5-8.3 feet (2-2.5 meters.) Polar bears are aggressive bears and ones to watch out for.
According to Arctic WWF, “As powerful predators, polar bears pose a major risk to human life and property…In recent years, more than 20 direct attacks on humans have been reported within the polar bear’s range.”
In essence, we need to be careful when we come across bears, just as this bicyclist did.
Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.