Bear charges woman on highway in scary encounter caught on video

Bear charges woman on highway in scary encounter caught on video

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Bear charges woman on highway in scary encounter caught on video

People sometimes forget that wild animals, no matter how harmless they might seem at a given moment, are unpredictable and dangerous.

The accompanying footage, captured in Alberta, Canada, shows a woman outside her vehicle, standing on a highway, being charged by a black bear.

Fortunately, the bear seemed intent merely on issuing a warning, and the woman was not injured.

Black bear charges woman. Photo: Stefan Jenart, via CTV News

She was among several tourists who had pulled over to view or photograph the bear. Many had exited their vehicles for a closer, uninterrupted look.

The footage, captured by Stefan Jenart and published by CTV News, was reviewed by Nick De Ruyter of the conservation group WildSmart.

“I was just amazed at how many people were out of their vehicles, first of all,” De Ruyter said. “People should not be getting out of their vehicles at a bear jam and second of all, everyone just seemed so relaxed and casual around these bears and then getting way too close to these bears.

“Having their cameras out… I didn’t see anyone with bear spray out.”

National parks in Canada and the United States have safety guidelines in place to keep visitors safe.

At Yellowstone National Park, for example, visitors are advised never to approach wild animals, and to stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves while outside their vehicles.

De Ruyter told CTV News that the woman in the video was fortunate not to have been seriously injured.

“That bear stopped short of her but could’ve very easily made contact with her,” De Ruyter said. “Whether it [might have] been just knocking her over or attacking her, biting her, who knows. So her safety as well as those people around her were definitely at risk.”

The incident occurred along Highway 93 near Honeymoon Lake, south of Jasper. Jenart was inside his vehicle when he captured the footage.

–Image is a video screen shot, via Stefan Jenart

 

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