May 1998
Alaska's Bears: Grizzlies, Black Bears, & Polar Bears;1998, p54
The article presents information on the encounter between brown bear and human beings. The great size and strength of the brown/grizzly bear, its fierce nature when protecting its young or its food, and the fact that it's a carnivore equipped to kill other large mammals have made it a frightening creature to human beings. Many people still believe in the simplistic and inaccurate myth of the grizzly as a bloodthirsty animal that lurks in the shadows, waiting to attack anything that crosses its path, humans included. The truth is that brown/grizzly bears as a rule are wary of humans and avoid them when possible, except when they've learned to associate people with food. They are much more likely to flee from humans than to approach them. Most human injuries and deaths result from sudden, close encounters in which the bear is surprised and feels threatened. Bear-viewing programs are helping to reshape the knowledge of brown/grizzly bears and people's attitudes toward them. A critical ingredient of safe bear-human interactions is respect for the animal and its great power, and knowledge of its behaviors.


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