There are two types of bear attacks on humans. The defensive, which typically involves defending their young or a food carcass. The second is called a bluff charge. The animal will pop its jaws and give you all kinds of signals that you’re encroaching on its personal space, and it wants you to leave.

Then you have predatory attacks, which is a completely different scenario, and the bear’s behavior is completely different as well.

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What to do if you come across a bear

Don’t run. Drop to the ground, lay on your stomach, put your hands around your neck, and play dead.

The most common mistake people make is to run. This will only entice the bear to chase you. The best way to avoid an attack is to be prepared for such encounters any time you go into the woods.

5. “I should be dead” – Guy Eastman

Guy’s story is nothing short of incredible. The man is fortunate that he is still here to tell it.

4. “The scariest thing I have ever woken up to” – David Weale

“Yet another exercise in trust. Grateful to have made it through this without anything bad happening. (Except for my tent getting a little messed up) .”

3. Wild Polar bear tries to break in – BBC Earth

Gordon Buchanan comes face to face with a huge wild polar bear who is keen to get to what smells like a tasty meal.

2. A Grizzly bear threatens the crew – BBC One

They hold incredible composure in this. A great lesson to learn if you find yourself in that situation.

1. And the scariest bear attack is…

This guy caught the terrifying moments on his Gopro camera while out riding his bike in the woods.