Black Bear Lives Matter

Man punches a bear in Ontario! #BlackBearLivesMatter

A 61-year-old man from northern Ontario said he was lucky to walk away with only scratches after facing off against a 320lb black bear with only his fists and the skills gleaned from years of featherweight boxing.

Rick Nelson was walking his dog outside the city of Sudbury on Sunday when a black bear cub poked its head out of a shrub some three feet away from him. “It was so close I could touch it. It let out a yelp, because I scared the heck out of it,” he said.

Black Bear Lives Matter!

  • This:

    My family and I saw a black bear once up north. We were in our car and it was in the woods. It stood about ten or so metres from us. It was just looking at us like we were looking at it.

    • andycanuck

      Did it say to you, “Are you lookin’ at me funny? ‘Cause I don’t like people lookin’ at me funny.”

  • chayisun

    I also confronted a bear once. Out hiking and ambling along when this HUGE bear came toddling along the path I was taking. He or she….I didn’t ask about it’s gender……Stopped as did I. We eyed each other. Bears have brown eyes. Anyway, I wasn’t quite sure how to react and I’m sure the bear had no idea what to do either.

    Well I reached into my back pack, pulled out a beer, tossed it to the bear who deftly caught it on the fly. He or she promptly ripped off the cap and chugged it down. The bear burped which I thought was extremely rude and turned away going on it’s way.

    Damned thing left the beer bottle in the grass for me to pick up.

    • Wait a minute.

      Bears recycle!

      • andycanuck

        Bears recycle!

        Especially in Russian circuses!

    • It must have been Molson Canadian. Heard that bear don’t drink American beer — Bud’s a no no.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    I find aspects of this story improbable. How did the man know the bear weighed 320 lbs? Was there a weigh-in before the fight?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Somebody was balparking the bear’s weight using the metric system (Canadian story) then an American paper picks up the story and converts the metric measurement PRECISELY to pounds because none of us know what the heck a kilogram means.

      Let the story ping pong back and forth across the Atlantic a couple of times and you will get weirdly specific measuring artifacts like that. It also works for distances and non-imperial or SAE measurements.

  • andycanuck

    And we still haven’t learned our lesson since Quest For Fire that if you see a cute bear cub, run like hell back the same way you came!