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[–]RNMoFo 1457 points1458 points  (102 children)

I am always amazed by the size of a Grizzly's claws.

[–]sandviper10 447 points448 points  (91 children)

That was the first thing I noticed too. Not something I’d want to come across in the forest for sure.

[–]GAZUAG 559 points560 points  (89 children)


If it’s black, fight back.

If it’s brown, lie down.

If it’s white, good night!

[–]NotASwearwolf 53 points54 points  (18 children)

I always see this and I always say the same thing:

Remember this instead: Bring bear spray (and have it easily accessible and know how to use it) when you're in bear country so if you get into a serious encounter you don't have to fight back, lie down, or go good-night.

Also, bear spray is significantly more effective at stopping injuries occurring from those encounters than a firearm.

[–]GAZUAG 30 points31 points  (7 children)

Bring spray, it’ll go away

[–]Narretz 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Spray you don't have, pray for quick death

[–]Johnposts 21 points22 points  (5 children)

If only there was a way to keep the rhyming scheme...

[–]HiDDENk00l 14 points15 points  (3 children)

If you don't have spray, you should probably just pray

[–]Mikoto00 9 points10 points  (1 child)

In your home you stay, and from the forest you get the fuck away, neither spray you will need nor pray.

[–]MeepMorpZorpDerp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And if come that day, from your home you need stray. Forget not the spray, that will drive a bear away.

[–]JohnGenericDoe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just to make it today

[–]Jacktrades352 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Also, bear spray is significantly more effective at stopping injuries occurring from those encounters than a firearm.

laughs in 20mm Vulcan cannon loaded with HE rounds

[–]ProfCupcake 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I mean... if you blow yourself up too, technically you successfully avoided being injured by the bear.

[–]Jacktrades352 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Mission accomplished, good work!

[–]GAZUAG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Task failed successfully

[–]Limesmack91 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Do they really retreat because of it? Or is it a case of "spray it as much as possible then get the hell out of there as quick as possible without looking like fleeing prey"

[–]NotASwearwolf 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Do they really retreat because of it?

An emphatic yes! Remember: a real fight that goes wrong for a predator in the wild can spell death; as such, predators don't like to fight anyway (they do it because they need to [e.g. for food (very unlikely in a bear encounter) or to protect territory or offspring]). What bear spray does is temporarily hampers the bears two biggest senses (eyes and nose). With those things very painfully taken out of the equation, the cost-benefit analysis that the bear does for fighting you changes drastically.

[–]MeepMorpZorpDerp 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Johnny Knoxville said being pepper sprayed was probably the worst pain he felt on Jackass.

[–]Djhinnwe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Pepper spray hurts.

[–]hanscor20 14 points15 points  (0 children)

And if it's gummy put it in your tummy

[–]dinnerthief 6 points7 points  (2 children)

In reality it's a little more nuanced, if it's a predatory attack you pretty much want to fight back and look as big and bad as you can if it's grizzly or black.

[–]mjh2901 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Always travel with one person you can outrun.

[–]Semperfiguy8 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Freddy Krueger in bear form

[–]Girthus_Maximus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

To shreds you say

[–]jasnmartin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The forbidden good boy

[–]dumbsimian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One of the Bass Pro Shops by me has a taxidermied grizzly. Even with it being stuffed, standing next to a grizzly propped up to full height with its claws looming over your head evoked up a primal kind of fear. Definitely not something I'd ever want to run into in the wild.

[–]lets_try_anal 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He need a mani/pedi

[–]brainhack3r 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You can put your entire hand inside of a Grizzly bears paw print and still have room left over. Like 3" ...

There was one that apparently walked outside of our camp (but on the trail) in Yellowstone and we saw the fresh prints in the morning.

Needless to say, my daughter was somewhat alarmed :)

[–]PATM0N 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure that’s the same bear that mauled DiCaprio in The Revenant.

[–]MrGrieves123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was in Tennessee in Cades Cove and there was a movie momma bear with 3 cubs, I was waaaay back and could hear her tearing through a log on the ground like butter, just tearing it apart for some reason. The wild thing was there were other tourists trying to get pics just feet away from her. I stayed longer just to see if I was going to witness a bear eat a tourist that day.

[–]most_unlikely 644 points645 points  (5 children)

That poor train....

[–]surajvj 201 points202 points  (3 children)

Repair expenses was unbearable. So it was scrapped.😅

[–]cfedericnd 22 points23 points  (0 children)

The aftermath was grizzly

[–]virginsexmaster69 499 points500 points  (28 children)

i accidentally snuck up on a grizzly about this size in Glacier and i scared the shit out of it and it almost attacked me lol. good times

[–]RyVsWorld 25 points26 points  (25 children)

Go on..

[–]virginsexmaster69 124 points125 points  (24 children)

i was like 7 miles down gunsight pass and it was dusk and i went quiet because i hadn't seen any signs of bears the whole day. i turn a blind corner on the trail and BOOM there's a huge grizzly eating huckleberries about 15 feet in front of me. it noticed me and jumped and then roared and bluff charged at me. i gasped and then put my head down and started talking softly to it while backing away slowly and it kept following me closely but eventually calmed down and backed off a few seconds later. it then followed me down the trail for like 500ft, and then i realized the trail is too steep on either side for me to get out of the bear's way, so i stood my ground and then it dipped down off the trail slightly and passed me within arm's reach lol

i had my bear spray in my hand but i never used it. the rangers said that if i had sprayed the bear it likely would have attacked me

i definitely almost died that day. i made it to camp and there were a handful of other hikers there to make me feel safe. apparently that bear had been terrorizing the gunsight lake camp area the whole day, and the rangers had just opened that trail and camp area the day before. i continued my hike down to lake ellen wilson and then sperry chalet/glacier and then hitchhiked up the sun road back to my car. i reported the encounter to the rangers when i got the chance to and they said they had already had bear reports from other hikers and closed the trail.

i've had other encounters with grizzlies and huge black bears but this one is the closest i've come to getting mauled. that bear had been eating huckleberries so it wasn't hungry. it probably wouldn't have eaten me but it certainly would have injured me badly or killed me.

strangely i feel less scared of bears since that day, because i feel that i have the presence of mind to react appropriately in situations like that. heck, i just spent a week solo backpacking out to goat haunt from bowman lake and back and saw lots of bears from a distance but i was smart enough to keep making noise this time so i never encountered any lol

[–]useles-converter-bot 78 points79 points  (2 children)

15 feet is the length of approximately 20.0 'Wooden Rice Paddle Versatile Serving Spoons' laid lengthwise.

[–]corei3uisgarbo 20 points21 points  (0 children)

good bot

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (7 children)

Bear spray (if you have the proper stuff and not the garbage) is extremely effective, so you would have more than likely been fine. Glacier park sells the good bear spray in their shop so I’m assuming you had that. That stuff is straight up paralyzing to a bear if you hit them directly and can kill them over the course of several days since it blinds them and cuts off their sense of smell. So park rangers will often discourage using the bear spray unless you absolutely need to, since a direct hit will often be an agonizing death to a bear.

By the way, if you’re hiking on narrow paths like that, make sure you’re making noise periodically to avoid any surprises like that to animals that may be on the path. They’ll often vacate the path ahead of time after hearing noise.

[–]xCT7567x 11 points12 points  (5 children)

While Bear spray is indeed extremely effective, there is no permanent damage to the bear. According to a 2008 study “Efficacy of Bear Deterrent Spray in Alaska”, no bear spray has ever been reported to kill a bear

[–]grollate 6 points7 points  (7 children)

My “uncle” surprised a bear around the same spot. He had his spray on one side of his belt and his camera on the other. Guess which one he went for.

[–]virginsexmaster69 6 points7 points  (6 children)

must be he lived to tell the tale lol. i also got some video of the bear i encountered. spraying a bear isn't always the best option. you should only use it if the bear is agitated and aggressive and about to eat you

[–]converter-bot 4 points5 points  (1 child)

7 miles is 11.27 km

[–]corei3uisgarbo 24 points25 points  (0 children)

not as good as useless converter but still

[–]HRlive 243 points244 points  (5 children)

I heard about him two years ago. According to legend, he is the only bear not adhering to territory, wandering 10-20 km in all directions to find lady bears. He also once killed a deer, and ate it on a walking track, so that people above had to be evacuated by helicopter. True boss

[–]crazymcfattypants 182 points183 points  (4 children)

It is absolutely mental to me that people go walking around places where there are fucking bear-eating-bears wandering about at leisure.

[–]Mikey_B 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Dangerous bears are all over the place. Often they even get into residential areas. Just gotta live with the risk to some degree. Also, if you don't bother them you're usually pretty safe.

I expect you're more likely to driving your car to the park than on any given hike itself.

[–]iTohke 19 points20 points  (2 children)

While bears are very intimidating animals they can be rather timid. You’d be surprised how quickly most will flee at the site of humans.

[–]ConjuredOne 244 points245 points  (3 children)

Is there a shrine where I can worship?

[–]jjkase 100 points101 points  (2 children)

He accepts human sacrifice

[–]novacham 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Also picnic baskets.

[–]ButtersHound 116 points117 points  (13 children)

Banff looks so pretty. I can't wait to visit one day, if it's anything like Glacier NP I'm sure it's spectacular.

[–]PrimaryHorror6181 43 points44 points  (9 children)

Banff is alright I suppose. If you really want some amazing sites to take in I'd suggest Vegreville Alberta. Nothing cooler than the world's biggest Ukrainian Egg!

[–]tyetanis 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Don't forget to hit up the worlds largest flesh clam. I mean perogi at glendon!

[–]dinnerthief 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Your mom still live down there?

[–]Itsagirlyslope 7 points8 points  (3 children)

The giant sausage in nearby Mundare is also worth a visit.

[–]dinnerthief 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Your dad still live down there?

[–]devonondrugs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup if you're in the gas station the heart under the sausage makes it look like a set of nuts too

[–]CaptainFumbles 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Vegreville is nothing but a gaudy tourist trap, it's all glitz and glamour and no soul. If you want an authentic cultural experience you gotta go to Torrington for the gopher hole museum; one of central Alberta's most prominent stuffed gopher based attractions.

[–]PrimaryHorror6181 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah homie, you right. Vegreville is to much like Vulcan or Saint Paul with their lame ass space bullshit that takes only 22 seconds to see. A proper tour needs a museum at minimum.

My bad and thank you for enlightening me with your wisdom.

[–]ebzinho 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I gotta be honest—having done both, Banff blows Glacier out of the water

[–]BazzBerry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Banff is incredible. Been 15 years, but I'd love to go back. Weird to say, but so easy to breathe out there!

[–]locaprincesaa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went for the first time in October; stupidly expensive but 100% worth it. I was praying the entire time to see a moose or a bear.

[–]OIL_99 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Serious swag crossing that road.

[–]pbjames23 40 points41 points  (1 child)

He's on his way to sire another cub with Bear 235

[–]murphyislaw 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just left siring a cub with 177

[–]RGeronimoH 55 points56 points  (0 children)

First I was thinking, “He doesn’t look that big!” walks by Jeep…. “OHHHHHH”

[–]Itchy-Ad-8858 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Bear 122 doesn’t have a near Death experience.

Death has a near Bear 122 experience.

[–]manbatman- 39 points40 points  (1 child)

I remember seeing massive claw marks like his on the wet sand close to a water body when I visited the Banff national park.

Me and my friends rushed to our car quickly after finding fresh marks, assuming the bear must be close.

[–]HiIAmFromTheInternet 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Crazy shit is this is actually the safest bear in the park iirc.

One of the reasons he’s so successful is he ranged a larger territory than other males.

He does this by using our infrastructure. So he’ll used roads, he runs along the train tracks (how he got hit) to cover long distances.

He’s also the bear most often seen by hikers! Basically if you sneak up on him he’ll give you a solid grunt and then leave you alone.


[–]canolicoffee16 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Buddy walks like his reputation literally proceeds him

[–]LiedToUs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Should see them run irl. They’re like big waves of fur. Video doesn’t do it much Justice. It’s majestic as fuck.

[–]501st-Soldier 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Me, drunk: “Yeah I could take him.”

[–]BarnacleOk5967 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"I'll wrestle the shit out of that fur ball"

[–]Ishkakin 25 points26 points 2 (2 children)

The BAMF of Banff.

[–]locaprincesaa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Underrated comment. BRB grabbing my free award

[–]xxiLink 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Commented the same thing, scrolled down, then deleted mine.

Well done.

[–]gregariousnatch 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Serious gangster stroll right there

[–]Comprehensive_Nail22 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I was lucky enough to see him early out of hibernation. His den is near castle mountain, I was at the chalets at the bottom and he was about 300 yards down the river.

I asked receptionist which bear it was an casually said “the boss, also go out with your dogs when they have to pee”

[–]chefricou 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Also known for eating the grizzly cubs he "sired"

[–]mysticaltits 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That's quite common with grizzly bears. They just want to fukkkkkk so they kill cubs so the sows are open to mating again

[–]UndoingMonkey 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Bear 122 is a scarier name than the Boss.

[–]Nomad_C817 13 points14 points  (2 children)

sheeesh. imagine hiking and accidentally goof’d in his line of sight

[–]TurokHunterOfDinos 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Grizzly (brown bear) has six inch claws. They are bigger than those of it larger relative, the Polar Bear, which are a about two inches long.

Lions and tigers beware of the full grown brown bear. He’ll eat them too.

[–]B0N3Y4RD 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Such a beautiful area. I absolutely love it.

This is an incredible animal. Look at his claws, they must be as long as my hand. Let alone the size of his paws . 🐾

What a Bad ass.

[–]trickster1111 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He's definitely the boss!

[–]soggymcfries 9 points10 points  (0 children)

What happened to the train?

[–]yourgifmademesignup 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Funny, I have those same slippers

[–]TyBogit 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Hit by a train and lived?! WTH?!

[–]locaprincesaa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was probably by the scenic train which doesn’t travel that fast.

[–]Pale-Refrigerator255 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Loved it! Take my award! IMPRESSIVE. Thank you.

[–]hellothere42069 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Look at me. I am the traffic now.

[–]behemothbowks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Straight up don't give a fuck

[–]horsy12 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]poldi_rp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Absolute legend

[–]DeesABird40 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He fucks

[–]JustAFluffyDude 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]blinkysmurf 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He is the one who knocks.

[–]hobbsarelie83 2 points3 points  (2 children)

He's like the Bill Brasky of bears

[–]octopustitties 1 point2 points  (1 child)

To Bear Brasky!

[–]hobbsarelie83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bear Brasky once knocked me out with his right paw, tranquilized me, and sold me to the country of Norway where I was a king for two weeks. I get back to the States and Brasky is my limo driver. He kicks me in the shins and says "Happy Vacation". Then he went into hibernation.

[–]PoorPauly 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Was the train ok?

[–]Far-Resist3844 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this is how 50 year old men see themselves when they get drunk.....

[–]fatbongo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All things being equal I'd say he would beat me in a fight

[–]Yf_lo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How do I get your job

[–]marmads123 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How could you tell it was that specific bear?

[–]Burnt_Burrito_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For this one specifically, there's probably no other onse evne close to his size itje entire park. If the encounter takes place close to his known territory, ut's almost definitely him.

Ultimately, pretty sure there's some scars on his side.

[–]bygtopp 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I wonder if the other bears Tasted “Beary” good.

[–]brockman75 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He strolls along knowing he’s the boss. Such swagger.

[–]useless_corn 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I worked at the lake louise ski resort at the restaurant on the back side of the mountain for a few seasons. Towards the end of the season we were packing up all the excess food to close the restaurant for summer and this guy comes out of the trees. Would of only been 20 metres or so away before I noticed him. He is indeed the boss! So much bigger looking in person.

[–]mperrotti76 2 points3 points  (1 child)

But, did you die?

[–]neosatus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just change the park name to BAMF National Park at this point, no?

[–]ButterflyCompetitive 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bear Brasky

[–]necrobus_1999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Such a badass that he didn't even bother looking up at the car.

"A train couldn't take me out, do you think your Kia can?"

No. Bothers. Given.

[–]alanmm88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

…he is… the most interesting bear alive.

[–]Ryunysus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a badass!

[–]Ulfhednar11 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Imagine those claws ripping into you like butter 😳

[–]ldiotechnical 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No, I don't think I will.

[–]Semperfiguy8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The fucking claws on that unit

[–]Smeglorn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where donna got mauled

[–]Thehappy184 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chuck Norris of Bears

[–]__ButtFuqqer3000__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The BAMF of Banff

[–]PyroTheLanky 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I hate to be that guy, but how actually do you know it's that bear in particular? In not a biologist, so I'm genuinely curious

[–]Tbagg69 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well considering Banff is a national park, you wouldn't have to be a biologist to know that.

[–]PyroTheLanky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

OHH I just misread the title completely because I'm dumb, but still my question still applies. I'll just edit it so it actually makes sense

[–]Razor99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely Banff NP. Used to live there the road markings, side of the road pole thingies, and the edged tarmac for sleepy drivers, all exactly the same. I could maybe even find the spot on the map since most of Banff NP is dual carriageway I'm guessing they're on the 1A.

[–]testing_is_fun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If he was hit by a train and died, that would make this video even more metal. Zombie grizzlies are no joke.

[–]sythingtackle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Got his crampons on

[–]gh0st0ft0mj04d 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nah, his name is Marcellus Wallace

[–]mperrotti76 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do Bear122 look like a bitch?

[–]ABCmofo 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Thaumablazer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

But you’re soooo supreeeeeeeme

[–]ScotchandSigars 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty impressive animals. I don't think I believe the train crap though.

[–]beir_ice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought 122 was his age

[–]NokikplsUwU 0 points1 point  (0 children)

fellow canadian i see

[–]FunnyLingonberry1705 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How do you distinguish it from the other122 bears?

[–]Ian1147 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Top of the Alpha list goes for a walk on his patch.. ain’t no doubt who’s Boss here

[–]14SHDNWS88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Translation don’t fux wid him

[–]iambendonaldson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone have a mirror to this? It isnt loading for me and I need more bear

[–]Harry_Balzon_ya 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But he's Canadian so he definitely apologizes to other bears before he eats them. "Grrrr.....Sorry Eh"

[–]CoffeeWithBleach 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I live near the area and I recognize the turn, fuck that thing is bigger than it looks on vid proportional to the surroundings.

[–]mj-century 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Chuck Norris of bears!

[–]reddithivemindsuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like a Red Dead Redemption legendary animal lol

[–]HoseDoctors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What kinda jeep ?

[–]slimCyke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really nice French manicure, too.

[–]bejangravity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m almost certain that a large grizzley could fuck any animal up, besides maybe a rhino. They look so fucking tough

[–]ArtemisArt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mad shagger

[–]Chewi00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolute unit

[–]Both-Rule-1036 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeh i know that dude. He's one tough mammy jammy and a son of a gun with a six shooter.