Ralph Perrson, from Stockholm, Sweden, was training his beagle in the forest when a bear began to confront him.
Perrson noticed a change in the way his dog was barking and became alert.
“I suspected, when the dog changed, there might be bear,” Perrson told Helahalsingland, a Swedish news publication.
“You have to have respect for the animals,” Perrson said.
Though bears can be scary to humans, they are often acting out of fear of the unknown. This bear is best friends with a tiger and a lion!
When the bear tried to approach him, Perrson did what he knew to be the best way to protect himself without harming the creature.
“I cried all I could and made myself very great. It was a meter away from me,” he said.
The instinctual reaction was captured by his wife on camera.
“I have seen in the past how even the cranes have chased bears by folding up [their] wings,” Perrson said. “To lie down and play dead [is something] I do not believe in.”
The United States National Park Service says that if a bear begins to confront or follow you, one should:
- Change your direction.
- If the bear continues to follow you, stand your ground.
- If the bear gets closer, talk loudly or shout at it.
- Act aggressively to intimidate the bear.
- Act together as a group if you have companions. Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
- Throw non-food objects, such as rocks, at the bear.
- Use a deterrent, such as a stout stick.
- Do not run or turn away from the bear.
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