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An Australian camper in Alaska found himself and his family in potentially grave peril when a grizzly bear got way too close for comfort.
As is often the case with bear encounters in remote areas, both the bear and the campers were on the path, which only serves to make the situaton more dangerous.
Thankfully, the guy has a pretty good idea about what to do in this scenario.
Watch how the situation unfolds:
“Stay there, bear-y,” the man says in a calm voice, “don’t follow us.”
It’s the right thing to do.
Let’s go over what you should and shouldn’t do in case of a grizzly encounter.
- First off, never run. Running sets off the predator/prey instinct.
- Walk away slowly if the bear is not approaching.
- Avoid direct eye contact.
- Do not yell. Speak in a soft, monotone voice like the guy in the video.
- If you have bear spray, get ready to use it.
- If the grizzly makes contact, curl up into a ball on your side or lie flat on your stomach. Remain as quiet as possible.
The guy does just about everything right. That said, if I were him, I’d spray a little bear spray just to get the scent into the air. This bear doesn’t look like it wants a confrontation, so that probably would’ve done the trick.
At any rate, the bear wanders away slowly, and the Australian family is safe, thankfully.