Which Would You Rather Face?

?? - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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A wild animal or a wild human?
Would you rather face an attacking bear?
Or would you rather face a mugger on the street?
Which do you think is more dangerous?
The woods or the streets?

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Krista - posted on 09/16/2010

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Depends on what kind of bear we're talking about, here? If it's a black bear, they tend to be pretty shy of humans, and so are easily scared off.

I've lived in a city, and now I live in the woods. I feel safer out here. Sure, I MIGHT encounter a bear, but the odds of encountering a bear are pretty slim. Where we lived in the city, the odds of encountering a mugger, or a drunken asshole looking for a fight, or a hooker trying to steal your wallet...well, the odds were a lot higher than my current odds of running into a bear.

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Jessica - posted on 09/17/2010

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I'll take the wild human, but only because if a bear hurt me, our pathetic race would go hunt down the bear and kill it for doing what comes natural to it after I went into it's home.

Charlie - posted on 09/17/2010

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Wild human !

I would have no problem hurting someone in defense i would feel bad about hurting an animal plus as an avid surfer my dad always taught me " it's not the sharks you have to worry about , its other surfers !"

Joann - posted on 09/17/2010

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for me the woods and the wild animal i love animals and tend to be able to walk right up and pet them when NO ONE else could.the more dangerous is the mugger you could try and run or call for help but then he could just shoot you dead right there at least with the bear you have a 50/50 chance.

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lol. It depends. As a general rule I'd say the woods are safer than the streets. Most wild animals are not agressive as long as you don't scare them or tick them off, but in the event that they do become agressive I would rather face the wild human because the odds of survival are higher.

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The mugger might be after my money but chances are the bear isn't after anything. Despite what the media would have you believe, bears tend to avoid humans unless they pose a threat to their cubs, food or personal space. Bears are scavergers. If you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone.



A story: One year a bear started visiting my grandparents backyard. It was eating out of the compost pile. It wasn't vey old, it was probably its first year (making it about 2 yrs old) away from it's mother. Of course everyone had to come over and see this bear. I don't know who's idea it was but someone left some of Nanny's gumdrop cake for it to eat (one of us kids probably thought it needed a treat). We kept feeding it so of course it kept coming back. After a few weeks we were able to be near the bear while it ate gumdrop cake. We named the bear Zeddy Teddy (Canadians will get that reference) and it was quite the thrill to be that close to a real live bear. Then Lands and Forests came and took the bear to a wildlife preserve because someone reported it (we could have been precieved as trying to tame the bear which is frowned upon). When I was home this summer there were reports of a bear near my parents (Dad did catch it eating out of the compost pile). We joked that it was Zeddy Teddy all grown up and looking for more of Nanny's gumdrop cake.



Moral of the story: A mugger probably wouldn't have been happy with a loaf of gumdrop cake.

Chani - posted on 09/16/2010

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I'm australian, we only have koala bears, i would take on the bear, all our do is sleep and chew leaves.

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Laura raises a good point. Mugger? Nah, don't really care, but serial killer? Now that's another story. At least if a bear got me I'd assume it would be relatively quick. But a serial killer? They'd torture you first and that is much MUCH worse in my opinion.

Caitlin - posted on 09/16/2010

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I'd take the mugger any day of the week, and he might not make out too well, because he would be seriously injured if not dead when I was done with HIM.. HA! It's never happened to me, and I really doubt it will now that i'm walking around with 2 kids, but I could see that look ro surprise as I break his knee out of nowhere how this seemingly harmless woman knew one of the most fragile joints in the body...

I have no problem walking around in the city, I grew up in the city, and i'm not afraid of it, but on the other hand i'm not afraid of the woods either. I'm more afraid of the stupid Quebec drivers.. oh boy..

Isobel - posted on 09/16/2010

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I am FAR more scared of walking around in the country...I tend to generally believe there is safety in numbers...but then, I live in an insanely busy part of a very safe city.

I don't know if bear/ mugger was fair though...perhaps bear/rapist or bear/serial killer would have been a better comparison...cause really, a mugger just wants your money while a bear just wants to eat you.

anyhoodle...I would probably choose the bear if the human if both are intending on killing me, cause at least it won't be some twisted torturous affair.

Jenni - posted on 09/16/2010

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hmmm yeah.... i guess i am going to have to go with the bear... because even the mugger would be afraid of the bear.

The mugger just wants my purse. The bear wants to knaw on my legs like they're KFC drumsticks.....

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I'd take the bear with the mugger sticking out it's mouth it'd be too full to worry about me!

Jenni - posted on 09/16/2010

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What about a mugger who's riding a bear on the streets?
Or a bear with a mugger sticking out of his mouth in the woods?

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I've had some pretty gruesome attacks from a teddy bear....

Seriously though I would rather face an attack from a mugger I would be much better able to defend myself against one than I would a bear.

Just a question why has everyone assumed the mugger would be a man so you could kick him in the nuts? Women mug too!

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I grew up in the country so I'll take my chances with the bear...they don't carry knivesor guns. I think the streets are more dangerous than the woods.

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The streets..more likely to be attacked there than in the woods..but you might have a better chance to get away from a wild human than a wild animal.

Brandy - posted on 09/16/2010

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I would rather face a wild animal than a wild human because my odds of being attacked by the animal are far lower. However, if an attack were to happen, in most cases, I'd rather it be by the human. Unless that human has a gun. And especially if it is a grizzly bear. The streets are more dangerous than the woods (if we are talking about the busy streets of an over-populated city not some small town). I grew up in the woods around wild animals (black bears, moose, wolves) and I walked a half a mile to the bus every day and they never felt the need to attack me even though sometimes they were close enough for me to see them. They would usually stop and look at me then continue on their way.

ME - posted on 09/16/2010

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I think the streets can be more dangerous depending on where you are...the streets of my parents upper middle class town aren't too dangerous as long as you avoid the meth and heroine dealers...My neighborhood is not so nice...I have been camping and hanging out in the woods for over a decade...I know that you don't leave food out overnight, and that you take a compass, water, extra food, blankets, medical supplies, etc...that you check in on a regular basis with park rangers or with family members by phone...if you know what you're doing, the woods are not terribly dangerous apart from the unavoidable accidents that are part of life...

Jenni - posted on 09/16/2010

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a wild human? like a ZOMBIE? I hate those brain-devouring rotting corpses. They scare the poop out of me. Actually just had a nightmare about them last night. Put me in a wood teaming with bears over a city infested with *shudder* ZOMBIES any day. I mean.... they only have one purpose and that is to tear you limb from limb and gorge on your brain while you're still alive. CREEPY!

Tara - posted on 09/16/2010

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The woods are by far safer than the streets, regardless of where you live.
Although if I had to pick, I would rather be attacked by a human. I would have a better chance at potentially reasoning with them and a less likely chance of being mauled to death with no one around to help.
With a person the odds are a little more even. We both possess the ability to speak and the ability to inflict injury. A swift kick to the gonads of a bear isn't going to do much, to a grown man it would give me enough time to possibly escape or draw attention to the situation.
As well if I were attacked by a bear I would be so driven by primal fear I might not think straight or wouldn't have any time to formulate a plan of escape.
Attacked by a human would make me MAD as much as it would make me afraid. Anger is a great protector. I would be so mad that I would be able to defend myself much better. Besides all the self defense strategies I know wouldn't do a thing against a bear!!!
So the woods are safer but the possibility of a confrontation in the woods would end in death more likely than a confrontation on the streets.

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010

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Honestly... neither, haha. But to be honest I am far more afraid of what humans are capable of- we are truly a fucked up species. A bear may maul you but at least its doing what it does because of its nature, and there's probably a reason for it- it might have cubs it feels the need to defend, or maybe you're in its territory. Humans on the other hand, are able to concoct the absolute worst things to do to each other, for reasons we can't even fathom. I don't trust the unpredictability of other people and have no way of knowing for sure what they plan to do or what their motives are. The streets are more dangerous than the woods, I say. True, I might not think that if I came upon a bear and was in danger of being attacked, but I can tell you that I feel much more comfortable in the woods than walking down city streets.

Petra - posted on 09/16/2010

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Oooh, this is a gooder, Jo. I think the streets are way more dangerous than the woods and humans are a lot more unpredictable than wild animals. Your odds of encountering one are super slim, but an attacking bear will fuck you up, period. An attacking human - an eye poke or kick to the nuts may just do the trick so that you can turn around and run, and your odds of outrunning a mugger in a city are a lot better than outrunning a pissed off or hungry grizzly in the woods. This is totally one of my biggest fears - angry, hungry grizzly. *shudder*

C. - posted on 09/16/2010

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Well, being attacked by a mugger doesn't necessarily mean you will be killed. With a bear, that's probably more likely than not that you WILL be killed.. With a human, you can use pepper spray.. With a bear, you really have no protection. I'd have to say the mugger on the streets for me. At least I'd have SOME kind of chance to fight back or something.

Meghan - posted on 09/16/2010

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We have HUGE grizzly bears around my house. A few months ago I was literally 2 feet from one (yes there was a door between us, but it was the most frightening thing of my life) I would rather take on a human.

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I haven't a shit show at surviving a bear attack (though why I'd be being attacked by a bear, I don't know. We have nothing dangerous in the wild here) but I could have a chance against another person.

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010

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Lol, I have never handed my purse or phone over. They pick the wrong person when they pick me to mug. The streets are more dangerous imo. Animals usually only kill for food and self defence. Humans kill for the hell of it.

JuLeah - posted on 09/15/2010

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I'd like to be a wild animal ... raptor maybe
I'll take the bear ... odds are its not high
I think the streets are more dangerous - again, animals in the woods are not often on drugs and don't carry fire arms ....

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Interesting. I think i'd rather be attacked by a wild animal because i know they are doing it out of instinct. Where as a human isn't
But i'd prefer neither.

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I carry pepper spray. I think that would deter a mugger.

Also, I think being ripped apart by a bear would be more painful than stabbed or shot on the street.

Though, even with all the recent bear attacks, attacks by humans on humans are way more common. So the woods would be safer. Unless you are the unlucky one of a million to meet up with a bear or mountain lion. Or an alligator in my area! =)

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Definitely take my chances with a wild human. My chances of being able to outrun/outfight a wild animal aren't great and reasoning with them isn't an option. Out of control people are unpredictable and can be scary, but I'd probably still feel less fear and be able to respond more appropriately. Having worked as a psych nurse, I've dealt with many people in the grip of acute psychosis and been on the receiving end of violent and aggressive behaviour and I feel I have sufficient training (as much as would be helpful anyway) to attempt to deal with the scenario or know when to remove myself (if possible).

I still think in general and when it comes to likelihood of attack, the streets are more dangerous than the woods, but when it comes to a confrontation I would rather a wild human than a wild animal any day.

Johnny - posted on 09/15/2010

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And it's probably a lot harder to kick a bear in the nuts than a human.

Kate CP - posted on 09/15/2010

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Have you SEEN what a bear can do to a human?! I'd rather be killed by a mugger than a bear...at least then my odds of being eaten while still alive are a lot lower than with a bear. Yeesh. :/

Johnny - posted on 09/15/2010

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Do I get to use bear spray?

If so, I'd pick the mugger. Apparently it's harder to use bear spray on a bear than a person.

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