Myth #4: Bears can’t run downhill

Bears can outrun you no matter where you try to run.

There is a well-known myth that says that if you’re being chased by a bear, then you should run downhill because bears can’t run downhill. The myth justifies this conclusion by saying that a bears front legs are shorter than it’s hind legs, so it can’t run downhill. This is FALSE. Bears can outrun you no matter where you try to run. They can run just as fast downhill as they can uphill. They can actually run over 37 miles per hour! That’s FAST!!! So don’t try running downhill…it wont help. Just stay smart in bear country and you’ll be fine!

(this information was found in Bear-ology by Sylvia Dolson)

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