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August 16, 2019

– I’m Coyote Peterson. With beauty often comes danger and we tend to forget
that in the wilderness, we are no longer at the
top of the food chain. (bear growling and roaring) (adventure themed music) There’s no wilderness
greater than the backcountry of Montana, an epic
expanse of untamed beauty, that is home to some
of North America’s most incredible animals. Every year thousands
of adventurous hikers set off down rugged
mountain trails, escaping the confines
of every day life and immersing themselves
into the wild. Being lost in nature, we
all hope to catch a glimpse of something beautiful,
a chance encounter, and an experience that
will never be forgotten. The scenario we
just painted for you is a common instance that can
happen when hiking out here in the backcountry of Montana. What you’re actually
looking at here is Adam. Now, Adam was
raised in captivity and he’s a bear that’s used
for educational purposes and as an ambassador
for his species to teach you guys what
to do, and not to, if you ever encounter one
of these beautiful animals in the wild. Scenario number one,
and best case for you, is that you stumble
upon a grizzly bear and it doesn’t see you. Stop, stay quiet, back up slowly and get yourself moving
in another direction. Now the second scenario
you could find yourself in you turn a corner
and all the sudden, it’s you and a grizzly bear. You see the bear, and
the bear sees you. This is the most dangerous
situation that you can be in. Grizzlies don’t typically want
anything to do with humans what you want to do
is make yourself look as big as possible. (bear growling and roaring) Woah bear, woah bear, woah bear! If that bear feels threatened it should turn around and
walk back up into the forest. Once you know that the
bear is out of eye sight you hop into your car,
or wherever it was
that you came from and get yourself to safety. Now the third, and
worst case scenario is what happens if
that bear advances. You are never, I repeat never going to outrun a grizzly bear so don’t even try. (bear growling) A lot of people think, “Hey,
I’ve got on my hiking pack, “let me get off my pack,
throw it to the bear, “and try to distract it
so that you can get away.” This pack, on your back,
this is your barrier between the bears
teeth and it’s claws. What you want to do
is drop to the ground and get in the fetal position
as quickly as possible. Get down here like this,
tuck in, press your arms against your legs and most
importantly, get your hands behind your neck. Grizzly bears don’t
typically eat people, what they see us as, is a
threat to their territory. As soon as that bear feels
that the threat is eliminated it will probably just disappear
back up into the wild. (bear roaring) Now, he
might take a couple bites, he night take a couple swipes, but using this tactic increases
your chances of survival by about 90%. (bear roaring) Wow! Look at that set of teeth! I just gave you
three great tactics for surviving a bear encounter. But, there is one other thing
that could save your life, bear spray, don’t ever head
off into the backcountry without it. If you have a bear encounter,
and you’ve got time to get this off your
hip and spray it, these bears have
incredibly sensitive noses there’s a good chance that
bear is going to head off in the other direction,
and you’re going to escape the encounter unscathed. Man, that was intense. Getting swatted at
by a grizzly bear. Okay, so now we want to
get you guys up close with some of Adam’s
incredible features. Grizzlies are
opportunistic omnivores, meaning that they’ll eat
anything that they come across from grasses, like you
see him chomping on here all the way up through a moose. Bears use their noses
to follow their prey they can find dead animals,
they can find berries they can find just
about anything and oftentimes what grizzlies
will do is follow a wolf pack to where they have killed
a moose or a caribou and they’ll actually be able
to scare those wolves away and then they’ve got their meal. That’s the opportunistic
that I’m talking about. All he needs to use
is his size and mass to drive anything off of a kill. One feature about this bear
that is incredibly impressive is those front paws. Absolutely enormous. And at the ends, armed
with five massive claws that average about
3.5″ to 4″ in length. A single swipe of that
paw can take down a deer. One thing beyond those
claws that’s impressive are those teeth. The bite force of a
grizzly bear is about 1,100 pounds per square inch. That’s enough to
crush a bowling ball, you don’t want to be within
the grasp of a grizzly bear. Grizzlies also have
incredible hearing that’s why you don’t often
see bears in the wild because they can hear you
coming for miles away. Now the grizzly is the
largest brown bear species that we have here
in the United States and at one point in time
their territory ranged from Central, all the way through
the Western United States. Unfortunately, as humans
encroach upon their territory, they’ve been pushed to near
extinction here in the lower 48. Only 800 grizzlies still
live here in Montana and about 600 in Wyoming all of whom live in
Yellowstone National Park. Completely awe inspiring
to be in the presence of a bear the size of Adam. The scenario that I
showed you guys today is something that hopefully
you never find yourselves in but I hope that you
learned a little something in case you ever find yourself
in that worst case scenario. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild we’ll see you on
the next adventure. If you thought that
was one wild adventure check out these other
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  1. Always hike with someone else. And always be just a little faster than the person with you. As long as I can outrun the guy with me I’ll be fine. Dog eat dog world.

  2. I don't think you want to make yourself look big when it comes to a Grizzly Bear because from what I have heard of and know of…they'll take it as a threat and as an absolute confrontation. You you need to do is if the bear sees you before you see the bear, you want to look at the bear and slowly walk backwards away from the bear while also stay calm, confident, and brave. Then once you have enough distance between you and the bear, turn around and start walking at a briskly pace (not too fast but fast enough to clear some distance).

  3. Ha ha ha yeah right imagine as a black person view. HELP HHELPP ANYONE. Completely run away

  4. What if I’m a midget. No offense for all the midgets out there god bless y’all soul

  5. I don’t like grizzly bears because they can eat you alive and but the most funniest part is you can play dead

  6. "He might take a bite or two maybe even a swipe or two." But if you follow these instructions and dont die from the bites or swipes. You'll make it to its den and be eaten alive by its cubs.

  7. Should add that you have a better chance going downhill escaping a bear than uphill. They're more likely to trip over front limbs going downhill than uphill, and are less likely to chase after you because of it.

  8. Thank you so much coyote me and my brothers went out and I watched a few videos like this to know what to do. We did end up seeing a grizzly bear but we got down just like you did in the video. He did bite my big brothers hand but he ended up fine. Thank you very much. I am a long time subscriber for any and every time I ever go out out in the forest for any more than 3 hours.

  9. I’d say the most dangerous scenario is when a female bear is with her cubs and she sees you and you don’t see them 💀

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