View Full Version : Small Car vs. Large Bear?

06-11-2010, 04:53 PM
How much damage would a collision with a small car do to a very large bear?
Let's say the bear is a Kodiak or a Polar bear, the car is a Toyota Yaris --


-- going about 30 mph.

Would the bear be killed? Severely injured? Just slightly banged up? Enraged but unharmed?

(I don't know why I think up scenarios like this -- I just can't help it...)

Well, anyway, any information, or speculation, would be appreciated.

06-11-2010, 05:03 PM
It would kill the bear, and there is an excellent chance that the bear would have less damage than the Toyota.
I saw a Corolla that hit a deer once. Dear dead, Toyota was totaled. I would like to remind you that a deer is maybe 20% of the weight of a large bear.

06-11-2010, 05:38 PM
The vehicle would be totaled.
The bear would have serious injuries, even dead.
The driver and passengers would be injured, or dead.

We had an couple in a small car hit a 2,000 pound bison in Yellowstone National Park back in the early 1980s. At night. Going about 55 mph. The bison did not survive the incident. The couple, did, barely.

About a dozen grizzlies had a fine feast for for several days afterward.

06-11-2010, 05:55 PM
If anybody wants to do math the curb weight of a Yaris 2,311 pounds. The average mature adult male kodiak is apparently around 1100 pounds.

Though according to this site (http://www.extremescience.com/zoom/index.php/animal-kingdom-records/106-polar-bear-biggest-carnivore) the largest bear record goes to a polar bear that weighed in at 2,210 pounds. So for that you can just imagine driving one Yaris into a parked Yaris at 30 miles per hour.

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