The one above with it's paw on the full sized barrel (first pic last post) I estimated to be a fair bit over 400lbs.
The mothers with cubs are probably 250lbs or better.
The biggest one in NS is reported at 600lbs
First defence of any bear is to ESCAPE
Second would be what is called "bluff charges"..not something I would NOT wish to experience because it means that you have done something very wrong and are stressing the bear and it has no other option (escape)
They run full bore twds you and veer off at the last second making vocalizations the whole time.
Third option is a mauling and something YOU have done has caused it or you have inadvertantly surprised both you and the bear.
It won't last long, it's gonna hurt alot and no doubt you will not be waterproof afterwards.
You will "probably" survive and no you wouldn't be able to kick them off like a dog.
They are VERY powerful/extremely agile fast critters even though they don't appear to be.
The recommended course of action for you during a mauling by black bears is to fight for your life.
They are NOT known for predating humans however they can and do take down young moose and deer...they are very capable but mostly they feed on plants/crops/fruit/grasses, there have been attacks on humans however it is not the norm and usually a sick or injured bear and a stupid human.
The one thing I tell everyone that knows me (and think I'm nuts...lol) & I will post it here "for the record"
If I wind up hurt by any of the bears I approach, it was MY FAULT for interacting with the bear.
All that said.....and it was alot
The bears will be back anyday soon,we just need to warm up a bit.
Stay tuned for new posts...woot woot!!!
Thank you daryl...c'mon down...weather is getting better.
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