Beware of Bears

@UncleJoe (7187)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
December 5, 2015 6:34pm CST
While camping and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains one year, I came face to face with a full grown black bear. A foul odor permeated the air, signaling that either this bruin had been feasting on rotten carrion, or somebody had just soiled my underwear. Luckily, it just gave me a warning growl and quickly disappeared. It is difficult to describe the lasting effect that encounter has had on me. My reactions have become so automatic. Becky and I rented a secluded mountain cabin one weekend last Fall. We had strolled over 2 miles from our cabin when we saw a bear cross our trail way up ahead. Without hesitating we ran like crazy. I got back to the cabin a good 15 minutes before she did!
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@TRBRocks420 (57219)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Dec 15
lol glad to hear it went the other way. Bears can be very aggressive defending their territory or their food, they recommend pepper spray and, standing your ground, because Bears can run upwards of 35 mph, the fastest man only about 20 mph I think.
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@UncleJoe (7187)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
6 Dec 15
Yes, 20 mph is about as fast as a man can run who isn't being pursued.
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@TRBRocks420 (57219)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Dec 15
@UncleJoe Yeah, I suppose if you're being chased by a Bear you can run a little faster lol, but I'd still want a good head start.
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@Platespinner (16764)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
6 Dec 15
You don't have to worry about running faster than the bear, you only have to be able to run faster than whoever you happen to be with. I wouldn't have thought you'd leave Becky to be a bear snack though.
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@UncleJoe (7187)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
6 Dec 15
I have been known to joke about such things but comments are often funnier when people take me seriously.
@Jessicalynnt (48172)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
you don't have to be the fastest, just not the slowest!
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@Lucky15 (33537)
• Philippines
6 Dec 15
I can't imagine how fast you ran
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