One of the things about living in the country, or a rural area, a wooded area… you just never know what kind of critters are gonna be lurking in your barn, in your garage, or around the property.
Unfortunately for those in bear country, you’re dealing with one of the most dangerous predators, who also happens to be one of the most curious, COMBINED with the fact that it’s just tough to keep bears out of trouble.
Garbage cans, cars, sheds, barns… bears will find a way to bust into anything in search of food.
That being said, encounters are just bound to happen from time to time, and it’s all about knowing what to do when the situation presents itself.
Now, I’m aware that if you ever have a close encounter with a bear, especially a black bear, you shouldn’t run away from it, because that just gives it more of a reason to think you may be a threat and/or prey, and could trigger a chase response.
However, never in a million years would I have the guts to square up and throw hands with a bear…
But this guy did…
Video footage from a surveillance camera has gone viral featuring a man walking up to his barn, with a couple small dogs on a leash, only to find a young black bear hanging out inside.
Shocked at first, the man then appears to be overtaken, and goes full on demon mode on this massive creature.
A proper response to a black bear, he gets big, walks up, and starts roaring like he’d just gotten possessed in a scene from The Exorcist. But as the bear continues to approach, he delivers a swift slap across the bear’s face, and it immediately appears that the bear doesn’t want the smoke.
The guy continues to growl at it, which is enough to terrify just about anybody.
He gets a shovel and starts banging it to scare the bear off some more, before spotting some cubs and opting to hightail it out of there.
It’s uncertain where this happened at, but sheesh, you would’ve thought that this guy had been practicing for this moment his whole life.
He then turns around and proudly, yet shockingly, tells the woman he was with:
“I just sucker punched a bear.”
And she responds:
“Yeah, you did.”
For some reason, I just can’t get this John West Salmon commercial from back in the day out of my mind: