Don't...poke...the...bear

@JolietJake (51144)
United States
March 10, 2016 10:33am CST
People still astound me. They'll 'poke the bear' and expect the bear to turn around and politely engage in discourse with them. He's a damn bear, okay? If he's doing something, and minding his own business, and you come and insert yourself into his business, why would you appear to think he should suddenly be a lamb? Especially when you know he is a bear. Expect him to turn in your direction and still be a bear. And bears are known to bite. Know your animals. If bears bother you, don't bother the bear. That is all.
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@Mike197602 (13513)
• Worcester, England
10 Mar 16
sometimes it may be fun to poke one with a loooong stick
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
Yes, and sometimes, maybe he is a cuddly teddy bear...but he's still a bear. And bears are fast...be prepared to run.
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@jstory07 (67188)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Mar 16
The bear might be faster than you.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
We have a saying here "Don't poke the alligator in the head with a stick". I think that probably applies to bears as well.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
10 Mar 16
Grrr. Is someone agitating you today?
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
Someone evidently thinks I am still a Lamb or something
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
@GardenGerty Someone is agitating the bear often
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@andriaperry (50737)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@JolietJake or maybe a nice kitty:)
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@much2say (39274)
• United States
10 Mar 16
I will bear that in mind !
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• United States
14 Mar 16
I am sure that he would much rather that you bear all than bear your mind.
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@much2say (39274)
• United States
14 Mar 16
@purplealabaster Oh my! The bear sounds like he can be beary naughty then!
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• United States
15 Mar 16
@much2say Oh yes he can be beary naughty sometimes, but other times he is quite grizzly.
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@Juliaacv (30462)
• Canada
10 Mar 16
Are you in a you just woke me up from hibernation grizzly bear mood, or the happy teddy bear mood? I hope that somebody brings this "bear" a honey pot.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
@purplealabaster said something about a 'honeypot'
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• United States
10 Mar 16
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
@Juliaacv Looks like the first scenario to me.
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@sconibear (8006)
• United States
10 Mar 16
My ears are burning.....AND SOMEBODY KEEPS POKING ME!
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
I think it was Monica
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@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
13 Mar 16
It sure wasn't ME! Oh, by the way....it's spring break, Jr arrives tomorrow morning at the bus stop! Don't be late
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 16
Silly old bear.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
RAWR!!!
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@jstory07 (67188)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Mar 16
You should not mess around with a bear or any wild animals.
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@vandana7 (65091)
• India
11 Mar 16
Even Teddy?
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• United States
14 Mar 16
@vandana7 @jstory07 And don't forget Pooh and Paddington.
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@vandana7 (65091)
• India
14 Mar 16
@purplealabaster ...yeah..I so love bears provided they are smaller in size than me.
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@vandana7 (65091)
• India
10 Mar 16
Not sure what you are getting at...but I still think of you as lamb.
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
Do you want to become lamb chops?!! Calling a bear a lamb can be dangerous
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@vandana7 (65091)
• India
11 Mar 16
@Scindhia ...No...not really ...I am just unable to understand the mutation from Lamb to Bear...so far no scientific explanation.
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• United States
10 Mar 16
*poke, poke*
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@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
13 Mar 16
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• United States
10 Mar 16
Yes one would do well not to mess with bears. But I would because I can handle them.
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
I stay away as much as possible of all the bears.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
11 Mar 16
If you bring bacon, I'm usually easier to get along with
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@mammots (3279)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
@JolietJake Ohh but its not safe to offer food to a bear in bad mood
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@savak03 (6681)
• United States
18 Mar 16
@mammots I think that would depend on the bear. Some of them that are bear and fear to us respond quite favorably to offerings of coffee and food.
@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
Hmm, it seems somebody poked on you or you woke up at the wrong side of the bed . So, how can we appease the bear ?
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD Better not to meddle with the bear!
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
@Scindhia Hmm , i think he has already calmed down by now .
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD I think he has gone hunting for the next target!
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Mar 16
Maybe they think the bear is Pooh Bear, lol
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
11 Mar 16
I'll rip their heads off and 'pooh' down their necks.
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• Centralia, Missouri
11 Mar 16
@JolietJake or paddington bear, or Yogi bear! :-P
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@Scindhia (1946)
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 16
@Jessicalynnt I thought of winnie the pooh too
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• United States
10 Mar 16
Unless it is a stuffed bear, don't try to cuddle it either.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
10 Mar 16
Even if it is, be careful, sometimes they have pokey wires sticking out of them
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• United States
10 Mar 16
@JolietJake ouch, that would be painful.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
Humorously important advice, well said !
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 16
Really! Bears turn around and usually stand up on their back feet and BECOME VERY BIG!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
10 Mar 16
That is SO true! And don't wake him UP! Good grief, what are you using for brains?
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• Canada
10 Mar 16
Respect the bear.
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@amadeo (66022)
• United States
10 Mar 16
JJ you are so hilarious.Can I poke you?
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@boiboing (12667)
• Northampton, England
10 Mar 16
Excellent advice.
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