1. ratbastard says

    This sh*t happens because people build homes in places that are still semi-wild. The wilderness is these animals home. You want to live ‘out in the country’ or some leafy suburb, you gotta deal with wild animals, and in North America that means bears, coyotes, deer, even mountain lions. Wolves are now being spotted in NY state and New England [even western Massachusetts/CT], and it’s believed they’re coming down from Quebec following the St. Lawrence and highways. They of course are looking for food. Humans = food to them.

    And this is another reason why people living in the country, even outer suburbs, should have a hunting rifle and shotgun at hand. It isn’t just the animals that walk upright that you have you worry about.

  2. peter says

    black bears do not eat people! they are mainly vegetarians, avoid people like the plague, and only attack when a mother feels like her cubs are being threatened.

  3. Cody says

    Black bears do not eat people! I love black bears. They are gentle and curious and rarely attack…even if cubs are around, but are more likely to if you get in between the mother and the cubs.

  4. ratbastard says

    No, they don’t ear humans [but could and do nibble on them, I guess we don’t taste very good]. They are also wild animals and all wild animals are unpredictable. They aren’t cuddly cartoon characters and their mood and attitude can change at a moments notice from ‘nice’ and curious to not nice. They can and do also perhaps unintentionally hurt humans and kill them.

    It’s true most black bears will go out of their way to avoid human contact, except for some who have become semi-domesticated by humans who give them food or leave items out in the open that bears crave, in which case the bear thinks human = food.

    Bottom line is they’re unpredictable wild animals and are more than capable of ripping a human to shreds if the mood suits them, and many things can set them off, not just their cubs or females.

  5. Billy Crytical says

    Sadly, I think this bear will be shot. It’s the fault of the people who live there. The bear smells food. The world hasn’t done enough to protect the environment.

  6. chuck says

    There are more black bear attacks (and more black bears) than grizzly attacks in the US.
    They are wild animals and can angry even if they don’t have cubs.

  7. ratbastard says


    Yes, but if one were attacking you or someone near you and telling didn’t stop the attack, what would you do? I’d make sure there was at least a shotgun nearby in places where such a thing is possible, and I’d use it if necessary, to hell with law.

  8. jamal49 says

    @RATBASTARD You shoulda stopped at “They of course are looking for food”.

    The fact is humans are encroaching on many wildlife’s habitats. So, you are right. People should expect such encounters.

    But, as others have pointed out, black bears are gentle, easily frightened and vegetarians. They do not kill other wildlife, unless in the rare, very rare, documented cases, of extreme drought when their natural food sources die off (berries, nuts, certain types of leaves, etc.)

    The saddest thing is that the first reaction is to kill these magnificent animals. Typically human.

    Humans are the ONLY members of the animal kingdom that kill for sport or simply for no other reason than that they can kill.

  9. Chris says

    Where do some of you people get the idea that black bears don’t eat meat. 90% of all black bear attacks on humans are predatory attacks by male black bears. The females, even with cubs, are far less dangerous. Think testosterone and self confidence. Check out research done by Steven Herrero. Do some reading on bears.

  10. ratbastard says


    OF COURSE what you’re saying is true, but don’t waste your breath. Black bears aren’t just vegetarian, and yes they do attack humans and can be aggressive, they’re WILD ANIMALS. They ARE NOT ‘gentle’ but people get this impression from watching too many cartoons. And yes, males, especially ‘Alpha’ males and young adolescents [just like humans, huh?] can be aggressive.

    And yes, they are beautiful animals. But again, never forget they’re WILD animals and wild animals aren’t politically correct and are very unpredictable.

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