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I was once in the company of a self-confessed cowgirl when we encountered a mountain lion.
He was about 100 yards away and looking toward the undergrowth, but on the hiking path.
The cowgirl said: "You've got to walk towards him, make yourself as big as possible, and make as much noise as you can. Take your keys out of your pocket and jangle them."
My reply: "You've got to be kidding."
(Yes, we ended up walking slowly backward and getting out of there.)
The cowgirl's more assertive technique, however, seems to be in line with the approach employed by a Swedish man who encountered an overly friendly bear. Thankfully, there's a YouTube video to prove that, in this instance, the approach worked. The clip has already been viewed by nearly one and a half million people since it was posted Monday.
It shows a man on a snowy path, whose pleasant day is interrupted by a bear that must have been tired of sitting in the woods. I said "sitting."
The man doesn't run as the bear approaches. Instead, he stands, spreads his arms wide and roars.
The furry thing takes one look and seems to think: "What the hell is this being? There are aliens out there!" and runs away.
Website The Local, which offers "Sweden's news in English," reports that this man is Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden.
Persson was apparently out training a new hunting dog when the sound of the dog's bark changed and, shortly thereafter, our bear made its entrance. Persson's wife filmed the encounter from farther back on the trail while Persson himself captured the incident with a handheld camera.
I feel sure that the intrepid will offer, just as my cowgirl friend did, that Persson's roaring approach is the correct one. (Of course, it may depend on the type of bear, as well as the situation. One should probably think twice before limiting research on such grave matters to a random YouTube video. There's plenty to be found online about how to behave with bears and lions -- oh my. Though an absolutely definitive answer may elude you.)
The Local quotes Persson as having told the Hela Hälsingland newspaper that he isn't a believer is taking a passive approach to an attack, recommended by some.
He said: "To lie down and play dead? I do not believe in that."
Some people have the courage of their convictions. Others walk quietly backward and hope for the best.