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Today’s video comes to us from Katmai National Park, where there are as many bears as there are people, and it’s a good reminder that even a juvenile brown bear is nothing to scoff at.
The clip begins just outside Katmai Lodge on the Alagnak River, when a young bear notices the people filming and decides to take a closer look.
Despite the filmer’s protestations, the bear continues to move closer. Unfortunately, backing away only serves to make the bear more curious.
The pair stop anxiously by the side of a path and the bear walks right past them, just a foot or so away from the filmer.
“A little too close for comfort,” said the filmer. Even a juvenile bear like that could rip you to shreds with only the slightest provocation.
That said, brown bears seldom attack humans and usually avoid people. But there’s always a chance.