Watching naturalist Jack Hanna describe his encounter with grizzlies in Montana in the after math of another, deadly bear attack in Montana. Maybe rare, but given his degree of expertise with animals and how sobering he said it was…I hope to avoid such an encounter. I have come across blacks in B.C. and browns near Sitka. Those were edgy enough for me, with a car somewhat close. Being up on a steep slope with family really reduces ones odds….pepper spray or not. I like the headline: “Jack Hanna: Zookeeper shoos away Glacier grizzly“.
In the interview I saw, Hanna said he and others encountered the bears on a cliff side near a sizable drop. They backed down a trail for a considerable distance, as a female and two almost grown cubs backed them up. Hanna and his entourage ended up in a meadow. The female veered away. But a Grizzly male (one of the ‘cubs’?) charged Hanna. Several sprays of pepper spray distracted the bear and he turned away.
“At least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as an animal tore through tents.” Soda Butte CG Bear Attack. Apparently food or provocation was not suspected as a motivating/triggering factor in the attack.