What do you do if you come across a bear in the woods? According to Wide Open Spaces, an online wildlife education source, over the last 20 years, twenty-five fatal black bear attacks have occurred in North America.
When it comes to bears, most experts agree that the last thing you should do when you encounter one is to run. It can trigger the bear’s natural predatory instincts and make you the unwanted victim of an attack. Of course, staying calm when a bear is right on top of you is easier said than done.
However, for one woman, remaining calm seemed like second nature when she was approached by an adult black bear. In fact, she even took a selfie with it as it stood on its two back legs right behind her. At one point, the bear even nipped and clawed at her!
The incident occurred at the Chipinque Ecological Park in Mexico. The park later posted a statement to their website stating how relief that the incident ended with injury to neither human nor bear.
— lázaro Ríos (@lzaroRos5) July 18, 2020
It’s important to know what to do in the event you encounter a bear in the wild. Most experts recommend if you remain calm and keep your distance, the bear will naturally go away.
For more information on how to handle an encounter with a bear, the National Park Service is a good resource.
Watch the entire incident in the video below.