I, for one, would like to be the first to welcome our new bear overlords. This great article from io9 points to our inevitable downfall from our new ursine masters:
Well, humanity had a good run, but now it’s over. This bear was recently spotted using a rock as a tool, the first time we’ve seen such behavior.
The bear exhibited considerable motor skills when manipulating the rocks, which clearly shows that these animals possess the advanced motor learning necessary for tool-use. Advanced spatial cognition and motor skills for object manipulation during feeding and tool-use provide a possible explanation for why bears have the largest brains relative to body size of all carnivores. Systematic research into the cognitive abilities of bears, both in captivity and in the wild, is clearly warranted to fully understand their motor-learning skills and physical intelligence related to tool-use and other object manipulation tasks.