Catching a sockeye alone is a dream for most fisherman. A tasty and large fish that roams the waters of the west coast, it also just so happens to be a bear’s favorite meal in that neck of the woods.
Alaskan brown bears love their fish. A single bear can consume up to 30 fish in a day when the fishing is good.
Yes, they are better fisherman than most of us… they do it with their bare hands.
They get a lot of rich nutrients from eating the fish and when they are plentiful it makes for an easy way to put on lots of fat for the winter. In areas with high amounts of fish, they will make up a large portion of a brown bears diet.
This fisherman found that out the hard way.
I mean, I’m sure he knew what he was getting into going fishing in wild Alaska, but he still found out.
As he reels in a sockeye salmon, a fish known for its great taste, a brown bear watches eagerly… must be a popular fishing spot.
The man watches the bear closely, but what can you really do with a mature brown bear standing there just waiting for dinner? Not much is the answer.
As he gets the fish into shore, the bear runs out, grabs it and takes off with his catch.
All the man can do it laugh.
“While fishing for sockeye salmon in remote Alaska. A brown bear took my catch. The end result, everyone was safe.”
A woman was just enjoying her day in the woods in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, sitting at the shore of a river, when she came in close contact with some unwanted company…
And I’m talking about a mama grizzly bear and a couple of her cubs.
In the video, you see the bears chilling in the river, as the videographer stands a less than comfortable distance away.
However, things get way more nerve racking quick, when the curious bears decide to slowly make their way towards the woman.
After a brief false charge, she eventually backs up into the water and moves along the shore to keep her distance, but the curious cubs keep coming.
Next thing you know… one cub (who isn’t all that tiny itself) is only a few feet away from her, to the point where she could probably reach her hand out and pet one of them (I highly don’t suggest doing this, by the way).
And that’s when mama bear comes CHARGING into the water after our hiker.
It’s unclear if she ever makes contact with one of them, but you would think she was getting mauled by the way she was reacting.
However, she must’ve made it out of the situation alright (she clearly was able to submit the footage), but damn if that isn’t a close call.
As she said in the caption:
“Two curious grizzly cubs and a young momma bear. Momma was terrified from all the people and dogs at the river and was just trying to keep her curious cubs safe.”