Alaska is crawling with bears. Another news flash: Anchorage, a city , is crawling with bears too.
Bears are everywhere in Alaska
Alaska’s bears have always been a popular attraction among visitors. Maybe it’s because Alaska has all three different types of American bears! Alaska is home to the black bear , the brown/grizzly bear and the polar bear.
In this case apparently, black bears love golf, too.
A bear, unperturbed by the humans yelling at it to stay away, stole a golfer’s snack from his bag.
The bear weren’t aggressive tho they are just hungry.
A big black bear casually interrupted a game of golf underway the golf greens in Moose Run Creek Course in Anchorage, Alaska. and even stole a snack from one of the golfers. The black bear stops briefly to try and take a flag from a golf hole but then wanders over to inspect the golf caddies. Gary Cox and his golfing partner try to scare the bear away by yelling at it. At one point, one of the men even aims a golf ball at it, but all the while the bear seems more curious than scared.
Unperturbed, the bear sniffs around the bags and makes off with a snack.
These bears are not afraid of humans, as there is no hunting allowed in the national park and golf course obviously, so if we behave with respect, do not approach the bears, stay in a small group, and sit on the ground, they basically ignore humans. Well that is usually what they say and warn us about.. but here the bear obviously needs to eat!! Desperate to eat!
During the summer and autumn months the bears enter a phase called hyperphagia, or excessive eating, which lasts two to four months. Their calorie intake intensifies in this period, enabling them to gain up to three pounds prior to hibernation. Sometimes, those city-transiting bears end up rummaging through trash, stealing dog food, and getting into other omnivore mischief.
“Our urban bears find a variety of natural foods to eat, including berries, fish and vegetation,” the department’s statement read. “Unfortunately, however, Anchorage’s bears also have easy access to human sources of food including garbage, birdseed, pet food and livestock, which can lead to conflicts with humans.”
“Does not look like any playing partner we would want” LOL
According to ABC 13, Mr Cox says the bear “crossed behind us in a dead run, then followed us up along the tree line. The bear was never even bothered by us and followed us 100 yards to the next hole.”
The real rule is this: Never store food where you sleep and where you play. If you are sleeping in your car, or you are away from your stuff, It is highly recommend storing your food in some sort of bear cache, bear proof container, etc, outside of the vehicle.
Also, having your food in some sort of airtight container is a very good idea. Bears’ sense of smell is their strongest sense ..so a cooler is a great idea!
Still, this uncomfortably close encounter may end up being one reason for those of us terrified of bears, to not book a golfing trip to Alaska any time soon. Or, you know, ever.