22 Words

Saved so far. Join the Cause!

How to survive a Grizzly Bear attack

Sep 1, 2012 By Abraham

Short answer: Play dead.

This clip from National Geographic fleshes it out a bit more…

(via Doobybrain)


  1. gord says:

    a bear will often feign an attack. it is always important to stand your ground and not run away. bears will attack for one of two reasons; to protect it’s territory or cubs, or to kill for food.

    if it’s protecting itself, your best bet is to play dead – face to the ground with your hands over your neck (like in the video). your legs should be spread apart so that the bear has a hard time flipping you over onto your back. it will soon move away – play dead until it leaves the area.

    the second scenario is much harder. if a bear is stocking you, then YOU are its food. playing dead will not work! become big and aggressive – punch and kick back at the bear, as your life will depend on it.

    just to make things tricky – some defensive bear attacks turn into offensive bear attacks. every bear is different and so is every bear attack. the best plan is to avoid bears all together – bring bear spray, heed warnings (bear scat, fresh paw prints), make lots of noise, and warn authorities if you see a bear in the area

  2. Lee Shelton says:

    I like Jim Gaffigan’s take on this issue: “When they find a body that’s been mauled by a bear, how do they know that guy wasn’t playing dead? Maybe he was the best at it.”

As seen on Huffington Post, CNN, BuzzFeed, New York Times, Scientific American, Mentalfloss, USA Today, Funny or Die, Gawker, Gizmodo, Laughing Squid, Boing Boing, Hot Air, Jezebel, Neatorama

About 22 Words

22 Words collects a blend of everything from the serious and creative to the silly and absurd. As your source for the crazy, curious, and comical side of the web, 22 Words can be counted on to share funny and fascinating viral content as well as more obscure (but equally interesting) pictures, videos, and more.

© 2016 | 22 Words

Privacy Policy