There was a recent story about a man who came face to face with a 300-pound bear in Providence, Rhode Island, and froze, not knowing what to do. So as a follow-up to that story, WJAR reporter Julie Tremmel thought it would be a good idea to inform the viewers of the NBC affiliate in Providence on what to do when encountering a bear. The result was a hysterical report that leaves journalistic integrity shaking its head, and the rest of the world laughing its head off. Watch:
At least two morning TV news shows featured the funny video Friday morning. The “Today” show anchors Willie Geist and Natalie Morales were said to be in stitches with Geist saying, "How great was that?" Morales was left in tears.
One online critic complained that Tremmel didn't interview any experts, but she did say "according to experts" before explaining that you should avoid making eye contact, not run away but back away slowly, wave your arms to let the bear know you're a human, and to stay quiet unless the bear attacks, then scream and throw things at the bear etc., etc.
As for the man who had encountered a bear for real, he reportedly is fine after escaping into his garage and calling police.