There’s no animal I would rather not come face-to-face with in the wild like the polar bear.
They are one of the most notorious killers in the whole world, although, they tend to live in rather remote corners of the world so fatal incidents between humans and polar bears remain relatively low.
These creatures are the largest land-based predators on Earth with adult males weighing up to 1,500 pounds and standing up to 10 feet tall when standing on their hind legs. But their size isn’t the only impressive aspect of polar bears, their hunting abilities are amazing too.
Their sense of smell is their most helpful skill, giving them the ability to smell prey from miles away or even through several feet of ice.
Polar bears are apex predators and their diet primarily consists of seals, which they hunt by waiting at breathing holes in the ice or stalking seals on the ice. They are also known to eat walruses, beluga whales, and occasionally scavenge.
Although people aren’t normally in their diet, if food is harder for them to get it can lead them to be more opportunistic for survival. Meaning, they will actively hunt you if they’re hungry enough and can pick up your scent.
These creatures are a force to be reckoned with.
These hikers were out on a winter day in Northern Ontario, Canada… a place known for its polar bear presence.
They men had their gear all set out when a polar bear quickly approached. The men are seen and heard shouting at the bear who seemingly doesn’t care. The bear snoops through their belongings and sniffs them as they shout.
One of the men hits the bear with something, scaring it enough to send it off running.
That was a close one… a little too close for comfort.
And that jacket probably cost him a grand, too… hopefully it wasn’t damaged.