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April 10, 2021

GOOD TO KNOW

Scientists stuck grizzly bears on treadmills and confirmed they hate hills as much as we do

(Thanks to Ralph)

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Perhaps it wasn't the hills as much as the gorilla glue they used to stick them on the treadmills that the bears found so offensive?

“Our study helps explain why bears would want to use the same types of terrain as us, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see a bear walking on one of ‘our’ trails,” said lead author Anthony Carnahan in a statement.

"Goo goo g'joob," I am here to say in a statement.

Wondering if NurseC an verify, what BigJoe claims to be a guy playing peek-a-boo ending up in ICU.(No mention of bears being involved though.)

As if we bear owners didn't know this already.

One more reason why my Rent-A-Bear business never got off the ground.

This is good information. Now I know that Grizzlies are 'non-athletic'! So if I happen to run into one (haha) I can use this info to my advantage. Bad thing is, I am also 'non-athletic' and I'm not even good at endurance running, which the ursine also doesn't do well. From how they describe the bears behavior, it sorta sounds like we might be able to just kick back and have some beers and not even think about running at all.

I have encountered several wild Grizzlies, none of which were on hills, trails, or treadmills. One was on a river bank when I saw it about 100' away from my canoe in the Yukon. The water was very cloudy, and what the bear knew and I didn't was that there was a sandbar extending out from the shore. Grizzlies may not be fast swimmers, but they have no problem with wading. I paddled like hell, and fortunately the bear was just curious.

Now my bear survival options have increased to two: Formerly, "Outrun you". Now "Outrun you" or "Get bear to chase you uphill".

Just don't allow yourself to be lulled into complacency if on your way to the forest you see a sign theat says "bear left".

I like the old adage of "How do you tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly?" First kick the bear and then climb a tree. A black bear will climb up after you but a grizzly will knock the tree down.

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