Standing Bear

Do bears really stand up on their hind legs when they want to attack? Garrett and Anthony cover this common misconception about the real-life bears we have here in Glacier National Park.

One common misconception about bears is that when they stand up that indicates aggression. Yeah, you see it in movies all the time, that bear that stands up on its hind legs and it swipes and it roars. Not at all how it works. Bears that are standing up are typically just trying to get a better idea of what’s going on around them, trying to get better scent particles come into their nose, trying to look and see what’s over the next ridge, just like we do. Yeah, that bear is probably simply just looking for a way to escape and get a get away from you.