Reaching speeds around 35-40 miles per hour, they can run faster than any human can run, even the fastest to ever live. Even world-class sprinters like Usain Bolt top out south of 30 miles per hour (his record is just below 28 miles per hour).
Needless to say, there’s a reason why they tell you not to run away from a bear if you come across one in the woods.
One: you can trigger its chase response, and Two: it’ll run you down in seconds.
In this video here, a car is driving along a mountain road when they spot a bear on the side and speed up to catch up to its sprint. Topping out near 40 miles per hour, this bear was in a dead sprint and still keeping up with the vehicle.
And perhaps kind of frightening, to watch such a big, powerful beast move that fast.
I mean, the can swim, they can run, some bears can climb trees, they can smell for miles… bigger, faster, stronger, they have you beat six ways to Sunday.
Here’s another car keeping up with a bear in Colorado.
Filmed near Colorado Springs, Colorado, this fella is TRUCKIN’.
Black Bear Stunned By An Electric Fence
Bears and electric fences, man…
In bear country, it’s not uncommon to see an electric fence used as a bear deterrent, whether it’s a portable one you put around your campsite, one used to protect your livestock or crops (or honey), and sometimes, folks are just looking to bear-proof their home (and garbage).
But nevertheless, whenever a bear does encounter one, it can be pretty hilarious.
With a shock just strong enough to give them a jolt and keep them away, they’re safe for the bear and generally get the job done. Although, every once in a while, you find a clever guy like this.
This blueberry farmer put a fence around his field and lo and behold, this sneaky fellas managed to dig down, slowly Army crawl through, and slide right under… genius:
And then sometimes, the ol’ bear gets a zap that fold ’em like a cheap lawn chair.
This big fella wandered up to this electric fence and once zap to the snout had enough juice to drop him to his knees. Sure enough, he popped right back up and high-tailed it out of there.
If you’ve ever touched an electric fence (we had one growing up for our horses), you know it’ll make your arm go numb for a second (kind of like when you hit your funny bone, but your whole arm and leg).
And electricity likes to find the quickest way to the ground, so it would appear that this bear’s front legs gave out and he ate some dirt.