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Don’t Try This At Home: Man Chats With and Feeds a Brown Bear

Man Talking To a Brown Bear
Man Talking To a Brown Bear. Image from YouTube

A scene that wont appear in the wild like this. It is essential to emphasize that this article does not, under any circumstances, promote approaching, feeding, or interacting with wild animals.

But have a look at this viral video from social media!

Man & Brown Bear

male Grizzly Bear walking through mountain meadow. Via Depositphotos

This scene is quite wholesome – the man and the bear seem to be hanging out like old pals, casually teasing each other. But, and I cannot stress this enough, don’t try this at home.

A Grizzly Creature

cyclist get chased by grizzly

Brown bears, commonly referred to as grizzlies in North America, rank among the largest and most widespread terrestrial carnivores. Laden with symbolism in folklore, embodies strength, courage, and leadership.

An interesting fact about these bears is their remarkable sense of smell, which surpasses even that of dogs. This heightened olfactory ability enables them to detect food from considerable distances, showcasing their adeptness in navigating their surroundings.

A Gentle Giant

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Brown bear. Image via Depositphotos

Feeding a wild animal, especially a powerful creature like a brown bear, demands a considerable level of trust. With a composed demeanor, the man extended his hand, offering treats to the bear.

This seemingly simple act carries profound significance, reflecting the trust and understanding forged between the two. It symbolizes a dance of mutual respect, where both parties acknowledge the potential risks but choose to see the positive intentions in each other.

Fun Fact: Bear Necessities

Mother bear protects her three little pups in the Finnish taiga. Image via Depositphotos.

Bears exhibit a varied diet, encompassing berries, plants, fish, and small mammals, with their food preferences influenced by seasonal changes and availability. During the salmon spawning season, bears frequently gather along rivers to indulge in the plentiful fish.

As for the treats the man was offering the bear, they might very well align with a bear’s favorite snacks, highlighting the adaptability of their diet in different environments and situations.

Where can brown bears be found in the USA?

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Grizzly poking his head out the trees. Image by Andy Holmes via Unsplash

In the USA, brown bears are primarily found in Alaska, but there are also smaller populations in parts of Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and Idaho.

What do brown bears eat?

Bear hidden in yellow forest. Autumn forest with bear. Beautiful brown bear walking around lake with autumn colours. Dangerous animal in nature forest and meadow habitat. Wildlife scene from Finland. Image via depositphotos.

Brown bears are omnivorous and have a varied diet that includes fish, small mammals, carrion, fruits, nuts, and vegetation. They are particularly fond of salmon during spawning season.

How do brown bears hunt and forage?

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Brown Bear at Safari Niagara, Stevensville, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Image via Rlevse, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Brown bears use their keen sense of smell and sharp claws to dig for roots and catch fish. They also scavenge for carrion and may hunt small mammals or ungulates when the opportunity arises.

Are brown bears solitary animals?

Most Bear-Infested Forests
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) swimming in a river.
Image via Depositphotos

Yes, brown bears are generally solitary except during mating season or when a mother is raising her cubs. However, they may gather in large numbers at abundant food sources like salmon streams.

How do brown bears communicate?

Bears attacking each other, via Wikimedia Commons

Brown bears communicate through vocalizations, body language, and scent marking. They use growls, roars, and huffs to express different emotions and to establish dominance.

Are brown bears endangered?

Man Talking To a Brown Bear
Big brown bear. Image via Depositphotos

Brown bears are not currently endangered globally, but some populations, such as the grizzly bears in the lower 48 states of the USA, are considered threatened and are protected by law.

How do brown bears reproduce?

Brown bear swimming in s Swiss City.
Imahe via jiupa1 on Tiktok.

Brown bears mate in the spring and early summer. After a gestation period of about six to eight months, females give birth to one to four cubs during winter hibernation in their dens.

What role do brown bears play in the ecosystem?

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Brown bear standing on a log. Image via Depositphotos

Brown bears are important apex predators and scavengers. They help control populations of other animals and contribute to nutrient cycling by spreading seeds and aerating soil through digging.

How do brown bears adapt to seasonal changes?

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Brown bears are among the largest terrestrial carnivores.
Image via Pexels

Brown bears adapt to seasonal changes by hibernating during the winter months when food is scarce. They build up fat reserves during the summer and fall to sustain them through hibernation.

What threats do brown bears face in the wild?

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Big bear in the forest. Image by VolodymyrBur via Depositphotos

Brown bears face threats from habitat loss due to human encroachment, climate change, and conflicts with humans. Poaching and hunting also pose significant risks in some areas.

How do conservation efforts help brown bears?

Mother bear protects her three little puppies in the finnish taiga

Conservation efforts for brown bears include habitat protection, research on bear populations, and public education to reduce human-bear conflicts. Protected areas and wildlife corridors are crucial for their survival and recovery.

In Conclusion

YouTube video
“Brown Bear vs Grizzly Bear,” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: Animals Around The Globe

The video capturing a man conversing with a brown bear and sharing treats goes beyond mere fascination; it mirrors the potential for harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. In a world frequently marked by tales of conflict and fear, these instances of trust and understanding illuminate a more positive aspect of life. They serve as a reminder that, with respect, love, and a touch of courage, we can build connections that bridge the gap between our human world and the wild, fostering a sense of harmony.

A Gentle Reminder

As apex predators, brown bears have few natural predators themselves. Image via Pexels

Wild animals, including bears, can exhibit unpredictable and potentially dangerous behavior. Such interactions can pose serious risks to both humans and the animals involved. It is imperative to prioritize safety and adhere to guidelines that ensure the well-being of both wildlife and people.

The objective of this article is to present an alternative perspective on an animal frequently depicted as fierce and intimidating. Its aim is to illuminate the more gentle and trusting aspects of the brown bear, offering a glimpse into a moment of understanding that is not commonly observed.

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“Man Talking To Adult Brown Male Bear And Feeding Him Treats,” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: ViralSnare Rights Management

Always remember to exercise caution and respect the natural habitat of wildlife.

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Wednesday 25th of October 2023

Does no one notice the fence in the background? Bears don't just eat small mammals either. They will kill a elk or moose. Bears are very dangerous and should never be fed or baited. This author has no idea what she's talking about. Brown bears are circumpolar. Grizzly are a sub type so are Alaskan Brown bears.


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Nothing wild about this - this is at a sanctuary and this bear was raised from a cub and could not be released. This is a huge furry (but still dangerous) pet.

This guy is some sort of bear expert, but he (hopefully) knows that bear could still easilly kill him - even if purely accidental.

Tim Treadwell lived among them for 14 years before they ate him, and there is the video of the massive bruin wandering up to sit by a fisherman on the river for a moment. These should NEVER be taken as the general rule or example.

Concerned outdoorsman

Thursday 7th of September 2023

Incredibly irresponsible of the person for feeding the bear and for you writing the article. Introduction to food sources is usually the reason we gave bear conflicts


Friday 1st of September 2023

That's not a wild bear it has been hand fed before. It sat down comfortably beside the man and even allowed the man to touch his face, they were acquainted before this encounter. The man has a trainer's pouch on. It is something he has obviously done before. Also that location looks like a zoo or enclosure, the bear is not wild as the article implies, which is dangerous misinformation that might lead to others thinking they can recreate this with a wild bear.. they cannot.

Mary C.

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

As cute as that video was with the bear, that could have turned deadly in an instant. So imo, he's and idiot wrapped in a moron.

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