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I read some were it is usually the big males that do most of the attacks.
I also see a show on the Discovery channel about black bears attacking people, and they also said that the big males would do it.

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I agree with everything said here especially about the concern for the ever growing bear population. i live in pa and the population of bear and whitetails is rising year after year. I remember when there was no bear season in pa because there were hardly any bear. I have family in upstate Ny and I have personally seen quite a few large bear there. If a bear is a nuisance then it needs to be taken care of.

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Yeah I have heard the same thing about black bears Maineguide. Although with brown bears it seems that usually when I hear about an attack it is a female. Usually there are cubs involved too. While I would never want to tangle with a bear, if I had a choice I would choose black bear. Those brown bears can get massive...

Yeah I hear you Fire6469. If the animal populations are growing beyond reason, the government needs to get more tags and hunters out there. Although, while it doesn't apply to this case, I do think too that people need to make sure that the game animals have enough habitat to be on their own a bit. This "co-existing" stuff never seems to work.

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That is true with a female bear with cubs. they will be aggressive if they feel that the cubs are in danger. However I think I would like to have a brown bear insteaed of a black bear only because a black bear will climb a tree and generally a brown bear will not.

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That is a good point Fire6469. Getting in a tree could be your only shot out in some situations....

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I personnally rather run into a brown bear. Black bears are a machine, there faster, their the better swimmers, they can climb tree....no escaping! Can't even play dead!Scary stuff...and where i live, there really common.

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A few months or so ago there was a big black bear hit on I-5 crossing on the side it was crossing to there was only the river and a town!! And there was plenty of places it could have got to the river without being near the town OR crossing I-5!! We figgered it musta been hungery for people. The poor lady who hit it was ok but her car was totalled (obviously).

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