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your diatribe on the bear not being "that strong" or impressive was sound like one of those 12 year olds on youtube arguing that a tiger would kill a bear. grow up maybe?

as far as the strength and agility of a bear, there are plenty of videos out there as well as witness testimony to convince one that a bear is most certainly as strong as is usually claimed. ive seen bears flip over 600 pound rocks with one arm as if they were 10 pound stones...ive seen a grizzly take down a bull caribou at least as large or larger than the bear with minimal effort. ive seen bears peel the doors off trucks like it were nothing, just to get the food inside. no lie...

Dear Tracey

Thank you for your question.

Please can you let me know which 'diatribe' you are referring to? Apart from a private question a few weeks ago, where I linked the strength of a bear to the shoulder hump, I haven't answered a question about bear strength for some time and I don't remember stating that a bear isn't 'that strong' or impressive. I accept that some of my earlier answers have been superceded by more up to date information and I am willing to make corrections, where applicable.

When I try and answer questions, I use the materials available at the time. If I am on a break at work, I use the internet, but if I am at home, I can also use the books at my disposal. I have not seen bears flip over rocks, peel doors off trucks etc, but that doesn't mean that I don't agree with your observations. Please note that many of the films shown on the internet are staged and involve captive animals, rather than wild animals.

When it comes to questions about strength etc, some information is subjective and it is not justified to generalise from an individual animal to all animals of that species.

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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