Behind The Awkwardness: When Bears Don’t Attack

February 4th, 2011

Behind The Awkwardness: When Bears Don’t Attack - Behind The Awkwardness

“This is me at our annual family vacation- it was the NC mountains. Note the bear less than 20 feet behind me. It just raises all kinds of questions. And explains a lot.”

(submitted by LC)


66 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: When Bears Don’t Attack”

  1. ginger says:

    How about a re-enactment photo? Com’nnnn…. why not? Are you chicken?

  2. hyperpsyched says:

    Still not quite in the frame honey… a little further back, honey… a little further… a little bit more…

  3. Martin says:

    10 seconds later, Sandy’s life changed forever.

  4. Bonnie says:

    his parents: don’t get us wrong, we wanted to help. we really did, but the photo op!

  5. Tigerspit says:

    This was pic reminds me of the days when lawn darts were fun to throw at people (cuz it didn’t say in the instructions not to) and riding in the bed of a pickup was the best place to ride when your dad is flying down the road at 70 mph…..ah the good ole days!

  6. Dave says:

    It looks like a black bear to me… and are supposed to be less likely to attack a human yet reported fatal attacks by brown and black bears from 1900 to 2010 are the same in number: 58! I hope you got a Brownie badge for being so brave lol

  7. christine says:

    Instruction manual that is

  8. christine says:

    Dear God save us from the Vegan and the self righteous NONE of us were given an intruction maual on parenting, Its a dance you learn as you go

  9. Mike says:

    I can’t believe you’re still alive!

  10. NC mountain gal says:

    Oh, that’s Mildred the Bear at Grandfather Mountain! She was famous in her day. That was where you’d stop and get out of your car and visit mildred and get a little bag of food that we should never have been allowed to feed her.

  11. Trish says:

    Do you kids see the kinds of dangers we were subjected to in the old days?! Unbelievable! (:

  12. steph says:

    As a vegan I have to agree with Mary. And as an adoptive parent, to Hushupp: some of us do have to have a license in hand to become parents. It’s a shame not everyone does. :)

    • Marie-Claude says:

      And the rest of us are all animal killing machines? Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you’re above it all. Mary’s a kill-joy but at least she’s not haughty about it. I eat meat but I love animals. I have 3 cats at home. Get over yourself. You give vegans and vegetarians a bad name.

      did it occur to you (and Mary) that the bear might have entered the shot while the parent was taking the picture, and not the other way around. No of course not.

      • Kelly says:

        Bravo, Marie-Claude. I couldn’t have said it better.

      • Jenny says:

        Well, YOU give omnivores a bad name. You pick an choose which animals to care about? Cats=important, chickens=not important? YOU need to get over YOURself… and get a brain if you think your selective love of animals makes sense.

        • Ranger says:

          Chickens are important. They are a very important source of protein for millions around the world, and really tasty on the bar-b-q as well! I own several chickens as pets to eat ticks and provide eggs by the way, and yes from time to time we eat one. God provided animals to serve a purpose and chickens serve the purpose of providing food, cats companionship (And food to some), horses transportations, etc.

          • Lindsey says:

            Haha thank god for people like you who have a brain, Ranger. Yeah, I think it’s ok to selectively love animals when one is affectionate and intelligent and the other is practically a plant.

  13. Todd says:

    Nowadays the bears are required to wear helmets.

  14. Ms. Anthropy says:

    Way to kill a mood, Mary. :-p

  15. fireflight says:

    Congratulations on surviving your childhood.

  16. Mary says:

    As an animal lover, this makes me really sad. Parents and people who make the ignorant decision to get too close to wild animals cause the animals to lose their fear of humans. In the end, such animals are usually killed because they get too “friendly” :(

    Just last fall a baby bear was killed in the Smokies because it had learned to take food from humans and ended up nipping someone.

  17. Treb says:

    Creative Park Rangers use children to keep shy bears pooping in the woods.

  18. amy says:

    There. I got the shot. Now climb back into the back window of the car and let’s hit the road.

  19. Dave-O says:

    I’m not taking the picture till you get closer. That’s it….closer….closer!!!

  20. nathalie says:

    Ah! the 70′s…

  21. meri says:

    This is like something out of Disney’s The Parent Trap. I love it. You certainly don’t look scared. No mama bear in sight, I take it.

  22. Shawn says:

    This looks like a PSA poster at Yellowstone!

  23. Chris says:

    Just a little honey on your hands so the bear can lick it off – that would make for a really sweet photo op.

  24. Kwimbi says:

    Hey, was that Mildred the Bear at Grandfather Mountain?

  25. Karen says:

    Ahh the 70′s. Times were much simpler then. Everyone these days is so hung up on “safety”.

  26. TimmyRSuperstar says:

    “Here, put this beef jerky in your pocket, and go stand over there for a picture. Yah juuuust liiiiiike thaaaaat.”

  27. Kit says:

    I remember one summer in the Candian Rockies a mother running up to plunk her kid down next to a deer so she could get a good photo. The deer kicked the kid. I just wish the deer had kicked the mother.

  28. Susan says:

    Thank God you are still around to share the picture! I can’t begin to imagine what your parents were thinking!

  29. carol says:

    This is just insane. I sure wouldn’t be standing around taking a picture of my kid in a situation like this!

  30. Jeff Schuster says:

    Never confuse bacon grease for mosquito repellent

  31. pittipat says:

    “Put some honey on your head. Bears luuuvvv honey-head kids!” Thank you, Brian Regan.

  32. PeggyK says:

    Yes, raises many questions but what does it explain? What on earth were your parents thinking?

    • hushupp says:

      I was wondering that, too, Peggy. What does it explain? Maybe why parents show have a Parent License in hand before procreating.

  33. Tishes says:

    Glad you didn’t run. Never try to outrun a bear.

  34. Dave says:

    Maybe they tricked their kid in believing it was Yogi Bear.

  35. Joan says:

    Yea, and I bet you slept on the floor boards or up in the back window during that trip!!!

  36. Tina says:

    Mothers with cameras can be dangerous. Let’s take the picture before we save him!

  37. Cynthia says:

    Looks like the bear is closer than you think–more like 10 to 12 feet behind you. Who is
    the person standing on the rock in the upper left who has the bear’s attention?

  38. LKT says:

    Good thing they didn’t have you hold a marshmellow in your mouth :)

  39. Judy says:

    Bear Grylls in his earlier years.

  40. Julie says:

    All I can say is, RUN!!! LOL

  41. Jennette says:

    “Take a step the right, now back a little, a little more. Just a little more… There that’s perfect! Now say ‘picnic basket’.

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