This question was posed to me once, and I chose tiger. Tigers, I was told, keep tearing you apart forever, but I am not planning to camp in Tiger County. Bears, on the other hand, frequent camping sites that Jude and I have been discussing as possible:
“I screamed, he bit harder, I screamed harder, he continued to bite,” said Deb Freele of London, Ontario, who woke up just before the bear attacked. […] Freele told interviewers that survival instinct kicked in, and she realized that the screaming wasn’t working. “I told myself, play dead,” she said. “I went totally limp. As soon as I went limp, I could feel his jaws get loose and then he let me go.”
I hate wildlife. I am going to buy a bear spray and a gun – a .44 Magnum. I’m gonna learn how to shoot. And if I ever go camping again, I am going to keep my gun on my person, day and night. If a grizzly attacks my tent, I am going to shoot her (or him). I always thought that bears eat people if people infringe on their territory, so as long as you follow the rules of non-aggression, you’re safe. But this here is really scary:
[I]t is clear the campers followed safety guidelines. Food was properly stored, and investigators doubt campers antagonized the bear. “This was really a predatory action for this grizzly bear,” said Jones, “she sought out these individuals just by chance.”
Here is a list of deadly bear attacks in North America. A lot of the victims were partially consumed. And this here is Yellowstone.net blog on yesterday’s grizzly kill – no one, not even the seasoned campers, really knows what ticks off those bears.