Funny, my wife and I just had a close encounter with black bears in Seward Alaska. We were hiking the Harding Ice Field trail and 25 yards infront of us two black bear cubs ran across the trail. They were last year's cubs but we were pretty sure momma was still around. My wife turned immediately and calmly started walking away. I had to stop her and grab the camera so we could get a photo. Swear she was still shaking a mile of trail later. I think it was the sign at the beginning of the trail:
If a black bear attacks - fight back.
If a brown bear attacks - play dead.
If a brown bear starts to eat you - fight back.
Really? I'm not supposed to let the bear eat me? Good to know. I like my sign better.
If a black bear attacks - shoot it until it's dead or you're out of bullets.
If a brown bear attacks - shoot it until you're out of bullets or you're dead.
If a brown bear starts to eat you - regret that you didn't learn to shoot better or carry a bigger gun.
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