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Relaxing After Yoga, Woman Gets Woken by a Black Bear Lick

What do you do when face-to-face with a black bear?

And the bear is licking you. Listen to this woman’s story.

The woman, Kristen Jones (who forever will be known by the label in the video: “licked by a bear”), was relaxing after doing yoga by Lake James in Burke County, N.C. She thought a dog was sniffing around her, licking her neck. Imagine her surprise to see a black bear, especially since she was reaching up and petting the creature.

Lucky for she-who-was-licked-by-a-bear, she didn’t run. That would only have resulted in a footrace, which would have ended with her have a new label, “mauled by a bear.” The thing to do when confronted by a black bear is to stand tall and make noise.

But definitely don’t run. And maybe skip yoga, too.

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Relaxing After Yoga, Woman Gets Woken by a Black Bear Lick