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Facing a Black Bear on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 1:55AM
Facing a Black Bear on 'Man, Woman, Wild'So far, we've managed to avoid an actual wild animal attack on 'Man, Woman, Wild' (Fri., 9PM ET on Discovery). But that doesn't mean that one could never happen. During the latest episode, Ruth and Mykel find themselves stranded in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And then -- BEAR, BEAR, AAAH, BEAR!

Ahem. Yes, the husband-and-wife team encounter a bear. They have wandered a bit off-track while trying to get out of the mountains and suddenly, well, there's a big old black bear running across their path. But Mykel is prepared -- sort of. After all, he and his wife do have sharpened sticks. "Don't move!" he says to Ruth. "Honey, get your spear ready." Yes, a couple of sticks versus an enormous bear. That might just work.

There are a few facts to keep in mind here, though:

1) Black bears generally weigh between 100 and 300 pounds, although a few weigh up to 500 pounds. So, they're pretty huge, and are probably not scared by sticks -- even very pointy ones.

2) The bears almost never eat humans. In fact, about 85 percent of their diet consists of vegetables.

3) And actually, to further defy expectations, humans used to eat black bears. In fact, we used to eat a lot of them. That's where the Wall Street term "Bear Market" came from -- because the sale of black bear meat was so common in that area of New York City.

4)
It is estimated that only 23 humans have been killed by the bears since the year 1900. Which means that you have a far greater chance of being killed by lightning than being killed by a wild bear.

... So we're guessing from all of this that Ruth and Mykel's sharpened sticks may not be very helpful -- or very necessary. But on the other hand, they're the wildlife experts, not us.

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