What do we REALLY have to fear?
I honestly canâ€™t remember which of the visually frenetic, excessively dramatic newscasts I was scanning last week, but the â€œlock your doors/bar your windowsâ€ topic for the day was about ravenous black bears coming out of hibernation and into YOUR BACK YARD. As I cringed at the random footage of a bear raiding a trash can and the â€œunconfirmed reportsâ€ of increased sightings across the state, I got to thinking of other situations where the outdoors gets undeserved bad rap. The media loves to report about lost hikers, animal attacks, and cycling accidents but we all know these situations are the rare exception and not the everyday rule the evening news would have you believe.
Inspired by the black bear report, I asked our crack research department to do a little digging on â€œdangerousâ€ animals versus other risks to our health and well being. Hereâ€™s what they came up with:
Rough translated, for every fatal black bear attack that occurs in the US, there are 951,999 more people who die of a heart-related condition â€“ most of which can be prevented by proper diet and adequate exercise. And for my money, thereâ€™s no better or more enjoyable way to get that exercise than a trail run, mountain bike ride or hike.
â€œAH, but thereâ€™s a one in a million chance you could DIE from being bitten by a venomous spider in YOUR favorite state park,â€ says the heavily made-up news anchor with the penetrating gaze into Camera 1.
See you all on the trail.
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