Midwest Guy Shocked to Find a Frightened Bear Hiding in a Tree
Because of this, I've decided to not peek inside of trees anymore. A Midwest guy was more than a little shocked to find a frightened bear who had decided to make his home inside of one recently.
Based on the date of the video share, this happened on December 22, 2022. Here's what the guy said about how this encounter of the bear kind happened:
While out grouse hunting with a family member, we discovered a large hole in the ground. After trying to see into it, my stepdad said “shine your flashlight in there." Instead of just using the flash on my phone, I put my phone to record and turned my cameras light on and the rest is pretty obvious based on the video. It was never the intention to see a bear or get that close, but after seeing what was being recorded on the phones screen, I got out of there.
You can tell that this bear was not happy about his new visitor:
The guy indicated this happened in northern Midwest bear-loving land of Michigan. He was right to get out of there. As the National Park Service will tell you, getting this close to a bear is never a good idea. While bears can be curious creatures, they'll rarely attack humans unless they feel cornered or in danger. A bear like this being cornered inside of a tree is a recipe for this situation to get bad quickly.
Fortunately, this ended with no bears or humans being harmed and a compelling teachable moment about being careful what trees you peek into.