Watch a Fearless Bear Charge and Tackle a Bowhunter

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: May 17, 2023
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Key Points:

  • The hunter becomes the hunted in this article about a video of a bear charging a tackling a bowman.
  • We aren’t sure where this video was taken but black bears are found in North America.
  • Suddenly noticing the bowhunter, the bear approaches him without even pausing to look him over. The animal charges right away.

In an extraordinary turnaround of events, the hunter becomes the hunted in this clip. We join a bowhunter walking through a forest when a black bear appears a little further down the track. It looks fairly relaxed and is sauntering along looking for food. However, things soon change!

What to Do if You See a Bear

We are not told where this video was taken but black bears are found in many States in North America including Minnesota, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is one of the authorities that has issued advice on how to stay safe in areas where bears live.

The advice states that black bears are large and powerful animals but are not normally aggressive. If you come across one in the woods, you should not panic but declare your presence by speaking in a calm tone of voice. If you startle the bear, you are more likely to get attacked.

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Alter your route to avoid it if you can but always walk keeping your eyes on it. Try not to run. If it comes at you, be bold! Yell and throw things at it or use some bear spray if you have some.

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Black bears can have a quick burst of defensive aggression if you startle them

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Bear Attack on a Bowhunter

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Black bears are capable of reaching 30 mph and are impressively agile, their bulk notwithstanding


The bear suddenly spots the bowhunter and does not even wait to check him out. The animal immediately charges. The hunter tries to scare it off by moving around and shouting but that does not work and the bear comes racing toward him.

In a surprisingly agile move for such a large animal, the bear leaps over a pile of wood and tackles the man to the ground. At this point, he drops his camera so we don’t get to see the tussle – but we do hear it! When the camera is retrieved, the man is running away along the track and is clearly shaken.

What we are probably seeing here is a quick burst of aggression that bears sometimes use when they become aware of the presence of a human.

It is a defensive action and is more likely to happen if the bear suddenly realizes that you are there when it is already close to you. It is meant to intimidate and scare you rather than seriously injure you and it is telling you to go away. We think this bowhunter got the message!

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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