In case you've never seen a photograph or video of a live bear, they don't look like this... 

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They look more like this...

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One is harmless and the other looks at you and sees an afternoon snack. A drunk person in Massachusetts was obviously unaware of this and decided to chase one through the woods with a dull hatchet, because that's something drunk idiots do. The guy was reportedly trying to shoo the bear away from a nearby school, but it was still enough for the local police to issue this memo reminding people not to play Davy Crocket. 

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So, just to reiterate, don't get drunk and chase bears. Now, if you want to be a badass and challenge them to a boxing match like this American hero, go for it.