Approaches to approaches to bears

If you choose to approach a bear, you also get to choose which way to go about your task. Here are three of the many ways.

1. Troy Hurtubise designed, personally tested, then used a purpose-built suit of armor. Hurtubise was later, in 1998, awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in the field of safety engineering.

2. Anthony Victor Saunders and Adam Warwick Bell invented and patented what they call a “pop-up device for deterring an attacking animal”.

3. The unnamed person in this video used a flute. (Thanks to investigator Bruce Petschek for bringing it to our attention.)

BONUS: It’s always worth another look back at Troy Hurtubise in action:

SPECIAL BONUS: Troy eats ants:

BONUS: The special Mathematicians & Bears issue of the Annals of Improbable Research

BONUS: An alternate approach: Having the bear approach you.