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Here's What It's Like When a Massive Bear Comes to Hang Out With You: VIDEO

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Drew Hamilton, a tech worker at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, recently shared an incredibly close encounter with an Alaskan Brown Bear at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

The area is well-known as the world's largest gathering place of brown bears (there is even a webcam from which you can view it at certain times of the year), however, Hamilton probably wasn't counting on getting this close to one, even if his stomach may have already been stuffed with fish.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Hamilton's bear does seem a lot less hungry than this bear or this bear.

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  1. Camera man has some very large balls….just sayin'

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Jun 18, 2014 12:53:15 PM


  2. You have to admit, when they're not hungry and you're not threatening them and they are yawning, they are pretty cute -and- magnificent.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jun 18, 2014 12:56:44 PM


  3. That's pretty much exactly what it would be like for me too, except with lots more screaming, crying and pants-5hitting.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 18, 2014 1:20:46 PM


  4. Yo, watsup.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 18, 2014 2:32:22 PM


  5. There was that famous couple that went to live with the bears - radio contact was lost and when they helicoptered over the campsite she was strewn all over the place and a bear was sitting on what was left of him. The account of it all in National Geographic was memorable.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 18, 2014 2:46:25 PM


  6. i love bears

    Posted by: luke | Jun 18, 2014 2:56:33 PM


  7. Kind of magical...

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 18, 2014 2:58:12 PM


  8. Hey, full or not, I'm always checking to see what's on the buffet...

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 18, 2014 3:23:51 PM


  9. Okay this guy is invading the habitat of the brown bear. The absolute most dangerous place in the world one can be is between a grizzly (brown bear) sow and one of her cubs. She will fight to the death to protect them, the only predator being the male grizzly who tries to kill the cubs in order to mate with the sow. I've spent many mornings and evenings watching the grizzly in the wild- but through a long-range telescope at a distance of nearly a mile in most instances. This is flat out irresponsible- aside from being insanely dangerous. If that bear had attacked someone...the bear would be killed by game wardens. No fair.

    Posted by: jim neal | Jun 18, 2014 3:43:13 PM


  10. Very cute, in a life-threatening sort of way.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 18, 2014 3:59:57 PM


  11. Mike, It's a documentary called Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog.

    The one time he brought his girlfriend that is what happened. He had lived on and off with the bears for years. Crazy as a loon, but the story is fascinating and people should take a look if they are interested in bears. This kind of bear.

    Posted by: Brion | Jun 18, 2014 5:31:07 PM


  12. Mike, It's a documentary called Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog.

    The one time he brought his girlfriend that is what happened. He had lived on and off with the bears for years. Crazy as a loon, but the story is fascinating and people should take a look if they are interested in bears. This kind of bear.

    Posted by: Brion | Jun 18, 2014 5:31:10 PM


  13. "Grizzly Man" is interesting, but very disturbing. Be forewarned. I've been haunted by it ever since I saw it. Not for the faint of heart. It's about Timothy Treadwell.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 18, 2014 5:56:06 PM


  14. Yogi is one friendly bear!

    Posted by: jarago | Jun 18, 2014 6:37:16 PM


  15. To Jim Neal ...
    If the man was there without a proper permit/authorization - then yes, I guess "invading" would be an appropriate term. Considering that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game is responsible for issuing permits for visiting the McNeil River sanctuary, and the man in video works for said Department, it seems quite likely that he was there with permission and is educated/experienced enough to know the risks involved. It's clear that the bear approached him, not the other way around. And he demonstrated appropriate behavior when found in that type of situation. This was not an inexperienced, thoughtless, irresponsible individual from what I can see. Your point about the bear getting put down in the event it causes injury may be valid. But this is not a case of a stupid person doing stupid things.

    Posted by: ST | Jun 18, 2014 6:41:33 PM


  16. Oh Bother.. -winnie the Pooh

    Posted by: Grego | Jun 18, 2014 7:57:01 PM


  17. To Jim Neal ...
    If the man was there without a proper permit/authorization - then yes, I guess "invading" would be an appropriate term. Considering that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game is responsible for issuing permits for visiting the McNeil River sanctuary, and the man in video works for said Department, it seems quite likely that he was there with permission and is educated/experienced enough to know the risks involved. It's clear that the bear approached him, not the other way around. And he demonstrated appropriate behavior when found in that type of situation. This was not an inexperienced, thoughtless, irresponsible individual from what I can see. Your point about the bear getting put down in the event it causes injury may be valid. But this is not a case of a stupid person doing stupid things.

    Posted by: ST | Jun 18, 2014 6:41:33 PM
    --------------------------------------------------------

    I just watched "Grizzly Man" and I would have to disagree with you a few points. He, himself, admits to being where he was a violation of the regulations they have. He willingly camped in covered, hidden sites, to avoid being caught by the authorities.

    You saying this is "not a case of a stupid person doing stupid things..." Well, we'll have to have a difference of opinion there too. He not only put himself, deliberately, in harms way by approaching REGULARLY, wild and dangerous animals. He brought his girlfriend with him, who unfortunately for her, happened to join him on the trip that ended both of their lives.

    If you watch the film, you should realize that this guy, though having good intentions, was in serious need of mental health assistance.

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 18, 2014 11:50:01 PM


  18. Damn. Was the guy camping in a wheelchair? (If not he was just PLAIN STUPID.) It was not until the VERY end of the video that I realized just how CLOSE the bear was. Yike! (I would have at LEAST needed a change of shorts.) Have only seen what bears can do! This bear might look cute but this is not Winnie the Pooh guys.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 19, 2014 5:12:17 AM


  19. Too bad they don't arrest people for being STUPID. This is definitely class A stupidity!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 19, 2014 5:17:55 AM


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