Volker Deecke is a Conservation Biologist who currently works at the University of Cumbria. Most of his research career took him to the west coast of British Columbia and Alaska where he studied killer whales. His background in behavioural ecology gave him insight to the world of the bears that he inevitably encountered during his time in British Columbia and in Alaska. It is worth pointing out here that many of his encounters were boat based, watching the animals from a boat gave him the chance to view them without overtly affecting their behaviour, which in one instance really paid off! I’m really grateful for Volker taking the time to share his insights for this project, he continues to be very supportive of my endeavours and understands the importance of studying and aiming to improve the human-animal relationship. This is Volker’s bear story.