“After four months of it sitting there, a big old black bear found [the GoPro] and not only managed to turn it on but also started recording.”
So says Dylan Schilt, a Laramie, Wyoming-based archery hunter who made the discovery of a lifetime. Or a season, at the very least. As this wildlife tech and Outsider would tell you same as Schilt: If one thing is constant in nature, it’s the ability to surprise us humans. Take his remote GoPro discovery as a prime example.
Last week, Dylan would stumble across a GoPro lost to the wilderness while snowmobiling. It was an otherwise unsurprising discovery… Until he turned it on.
Once he powered the camera up, he discovered that a black bear had managed to do the exact same. The bruin, Dylan says, ” not only managed to turn it on but also started recording himself playing with it.” As the hunter describes it, the whole package is “Hands down the craziest thing” he’s ever found.
Within, the black bear displays the species’ full penchant of the species’ hallmark curiosity. From testing the foreign object with his maw and paws to managing to capture a priceless shot of his own curious face, the black bear gives us a priceless look at how inquisitive these beasts truly are. Take a look:
Black Bear Goes Pro with a GoPro
“Last week when I was up archery hunting, I stumbled across a GoPro that was lost while snowmobiling,” Dylan clarifies in his caption on Facebook, where the video is uploaded. “When I got back to camp I charged it up and couldn’t believe what I saw. After four months of it sitting there, a big old black bear found it and not only managed to turn it on but also started recording himself playing with it. Hands down the craziest thing I’ve ever found!”
Dylan’s footage now has well over 400k views on Facebook alone. And the comments are rolling in from fellow Outsiders.
“Hands down the best way to see the inside of a bears mouth!” replies Neil T.
“Lol those look like grizzly claws not a black bear,” comments Joseph W. To which Dylan himself responds: “Definitely a black bear.”
Definitely a black, indeed. While brown bears are much larger and have far bigger claws as a result, full-grown black bears can sport some hefty weaponry, as well. A large member of the species will sport five 1-inch-long claws on each front paw. We’ll blame it on the GoPro’s fisheye-like lensing that has this black’s claws appearing like the 2-4 inch razors of a grizzly.
“Just saying, looks like some big ol’ claws on that sucker,” Joseph adds. Can’t argue with that, as there’s never a good set of bear claws to be on the receiving end of.
Thankfully, this footage gives us Outsiders a wild and wildly-entertaining black bear encounter to enjoy from afar. One unlike most we humans will ever see.