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This May Be The Most Peaceful Grizzly Bear Encounter Ever

Serious props to this guy for keeping his cool when he encountered a pair of grizzly bear cubs and mama bear on a trail in Katmai National Park, AK. This is the kind of thing that usually ends really badly, but in this case, backing away slowly may have been the best course of action. Lucky for us, our hero narrates the whole encounter. The curious cubs really wanted to find out what the mysterious creature ahead of them was, and mama bear had no choice but to follow. 

This is not a surprise encounter. Surprise encounters are responsible for the vast majority of mauling incidents. The sow knew exactly what she was doing the whole time. The cubs were definitely curious but the mother wanted to get somewhere and that’s about it. She did not display a single sign of aggression. The sow, apparently of a decent age, had likely been around quite a few humans throughout her life and knows them as mostly harmless critters. I bet the hiker could have stopped, let the cubs sniff him without himself looking threatening, and they would have eventually just carried on. Another great option would have been to take a few steps off the trail and let them go by. I understand that this can be quite unnerving for someone that hasn’t been around bears very much though. Cool footage.

No, you don’t stop and let the cubs sniff you.  But the hiker should have gone off trail and let them pass - they were not following him, they were going somewhere and he is in their way.  That is their habitat, not ours.

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This Guy Was Attacked By A Bear, Shark, and Rattlesnake
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This Guy Was Attacked By A Bear, Shark, and Rattlesnake

You may have heard of this insane story. Dylan McWilliams, a Colorado native and outdoor enthusiast, was attacked by a bear, a shark, and a rattlesnake – all in the course of 36 months. This went viral a couple months ago, but as stories continue to circulate about animal encounters and attacks this summer, it seems relevant to revisit how 1) this is insanely crazy and 2) odds are it’s not going to happen to you. According to National Geographic, the odds of all three of these incidents

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Official Trailer: Mountain In The Hallway
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Life certainly comes with its challenges. But for some, those challenges far outweigh anything else, especially when you don’t get to pick your battles. When Tate MacDowell and Brian Mcdonell were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, they came face to face with life’s fragility. Never ones to back down, they vowed to make the absolute most of it, and set their sights high: to beat cancer and resume their lives by climbing the Grand Teton. Stay tuned for the official film release coming

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Singing Park Ranger Will School You On River Safety
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Summer is officially here – river rats rejoice! The water can be enjoyed by all, whether your choice of vessel is an inflatable inner tube or an actual kayak. Rivers, however, are ever-changing. They can vary from a dry trickle to a knock-your-Chacos-off kind of current. And as this park ranger reminds us in the best possible way, don’t be stupid. Check the weather, wear a life vest, and perhaps bring a paddle. Happy Friday folks, and stay safe out there this weekend.