What's the most dangerous bear?

Sources suggest that the Asian Sun Bear is the world’s smallest bear species, and the most ferocious, with the largest teeth in proportion to body size.

The Asian Sun Bear weighs just 143 pounds (65 kilograms) and measures 4.92 feet (1.5 meters in length); this small beast is the most fierce bear on the planet, and will attack humans without provocation. A number of fatal maulings have occurred from an animal considered by some to be the most dangerous in the jungle. Unfortunately for the rainforest, this keystone predator is endangered.

See the 10 most downright ferocious or ill-tempered animals at ListVerse.

According to Center for Wildlife Information, the Alaskan brown bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) and the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) are the largest and most dangerous of North American big game. They are recognized as separate species although mammologists generally agree they are one and the same animal.

Learn some bear safety tips at UDAP.

In the news, New Jersey's controversial bear hunt has effectively reduced the number of bear encounters with humans and their property, according to a statistical analysis by NJ Advance Media, which found a nearly 40 percent decline in what the state considers to be the most dangerous encounters.

The hunt was successful because it reduced the number of Category I bears — the aggressive animals that break into homes and cars, attack dogs, kill livestock, destroy bee hives and damage crops. Read more at NJ.com.

Updated on Tuesday, October 14 2014 at 10:14AM EDT
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