When you’re a full grown black bear, very few things in life should scare you outside of maybe a bad case of mange or a grizzly bear that wants to kill you.
Over the course of the last year we’ve seen black bears act emboldened and fearless while doing entertaining things like raiding picnics and swimming at Lake Tahoe, or climbing way up a utility pole and almost getting fried, or stealing backpacks, or stealing firearms, or vandalizing cars, or chilling on a couch, or relaxing in a hot tub, or cruising downhill with mountain bikers, or crashing pool parties, or getting chased out of backyards, or…well, you get the picture.
We may have finally found their kryptonite though: Golf clubs.
You don’t even have to swing the golf clubs at the bears to ward them off. Apparently just the sight of a golf bag and a set of clubs is enough to terrify a black bear.
Don’t believe me? Then just check out this footage from British Columbia where a wild black bear has a close encounter with some golf equipment and flees the scene as if its life were in danger.
Next time you need to bear-proof your camping set up or want to keep bears out of your trash cans, maybe just set up a set of clubs nearby and let them take care of keeping the bears away.