Note to Morons in Greenville – Black Bears are Actually Dangerous

He didn't think Black Bears were dangerous either

I was looking over the WSPA report about the black bear that’s been seen lurking around Greenville County. This time the animal was seen hanging around a daycare facility. Scary stuff, but not as scary as the ignorant reactions of locals who have no idea how nature works. Here’s a comment that sums up the stupidity of several generations raised on Disney movies featuring anthropomorphic talking animals:

Posted by bubbleboy on May 3, 2011 – 2:26 p.m.

Lock down for a black bear….how ridiculous. Leave the bear alone and it will leave you alone.

Really? Bears simply mind their business if you leave them alone and only attack people if you hassle them? I didn’t know they were furry Chuck Norrises. Then there’s this nonsense by a moron lucky to be alive:

Posted by upstatemw on May 3, 2011 – 11:33 a.m.

Oh my goodness – Do the Cherokee, NC and Sevierville, TN schools go on a lock-down when a black bear is sighted. This is a huge over-reaction (in my opinion) about something that will probably become a common occurrence in the upstate. I came within 15-20 feet from a black bear and her 3 cubs on a hiking trail in the Smokies. We just looked at each other for about 30 seconds and then we both went our separate ways. That’s the only place where you’re in danger (wilderness and their territory) not in cities and school yards.

Right. What these people are basically saying is that bears are more scared of you than you are of them – which is a myth. Bears used to fear humans back in the days when almost every human they ran into shouldered a musket and took a shot at them, but that fear is a learned behavior. There is no such thing as “natural fear of humans” and don’t let any soy eating vegan tell you otherwise.

Black bears do attack and (sometimes kill) people under two circumstances. If they are startled and feel threatened or feel that you are a threat to their cubs they are likely to attack. Sometimes there are bears who stalk and kill people for food. The first circumstance is the most likely trigger for an attack, the second happens when a bear is infirm or comes to connect humans to food in it’s mind. Don’t believe me? There were 14 fatal black bear attacks in just the first decade of the 21st century. Among them:

50-year-old Glenda Ann Bradely who was attacked and partially eaten by a black bear and her cub in the Great Smokey Mountains state Park in Tennessee.

5-month old Esther Schwimmer was knocked from her stroller by a black bear in Fallsburg, NY. The bear grabbed the baby and ran off with her, killing the child.

Colorado resident Donna Munson had spent years feeding local bears – something wildlife officers warned her against doing. In 2009 one bear forced his way through a fence in her property and killed her. A necropsy revealed he had consumed much of the 74-year-old woman.

And there are countless people like the poor bastard above who aren’t killed – but came damn close to dying at the claws of one of these “harmless” bears. Unlike grizzlies that will halt an attack if a person plays dead black bears will begin eating you if you play possum. The only other bear I’ve heard of that does this is the polar bear.

Note to you morons out there – you aren’t top predator. Bears are dangerous and you better learn that before they teach you the hard way.


2 Responses to “Note to Morons in Greenville – Black Bears are Actually Dangerous”

  1. DodiaFae on May 5th, 2011 11:37 am

    I’d like to be able to say I’m surprised that people are that stupid, but I can’t. Not after reading some completely ignorant comments on a care2 article about herds of zebras and wildebeests being transported to a nature preserve in Africa… people were outraged that this was being done to protect the lion populations there, insisting that lions be forced into veganism. All this shows is that these “Nature Lovers” have absolutely no understanding of how a lion’s physiology works, or the fact that lions help to preserve the strength of herds by thinning them out. The food chain is a necessary part of Nature and keeping the balance.

    And I agree… Disney has done more harm than good with their fluffy “all animals are cuddly” BS. I’m constantly finding myself explaining to my son why we should stay away from bears and tigers, why spiders don’t “adopt” baby bugs, why bedbugs aren’t “cute”, etc. Television shows and Disney movies are instilling a false sense of security in children, ignorance about nature and how it works.

  2. ThePaganTemple on May 7th, 2011 3:47 pm

    The environmental leftist whackos in Kentucky, who practically control the state, have gotten it to the point you can’t even kill a black bear if it breaks into your own home. One man killed one who did that, to protect his pet dog, and he was fined and prosecuted. When people protested they just stopped talking about it on the local news. Now you need a divining rod to find out anything about it.

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