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“…The bear reached under the SUV from various places in an attempt to reach the kids …”

I visited Glacier Park earlier this year with my wife and child. I was driving East on Going to the Sun Road, when I saw three young children hurriedly bear spraycoming out of the woods towards an SUV parked in a pullout. Behind the children, I saw a man with no shirt on waving his shirt in the air. As I pulled the car over to see what was happening, I could see that the man was using his shirt to try and stop the forward approach of a black bear. I pulled over. The man tried to get the door open, but apparently could not do it quickly with the bear on his heels. He helped his three kids get under the SUV, and continued to try and distract the bear with his shirt. The bear reached under the SUV from various places in an attempt to reach the kids under the SUV. I had two cans of #15 UDAP bear spray in the car, one for me and one for my wife that we take hiking. I figured, that it may be necessary to distract the bear away from these kids. As I approached, after some yelling and with another car approaching the bear became distracted and moved away from the SUV, allowing the man and his kids to get into the safety of their automobile. The bear decided to follow me as I went back to my car, and when it started running at me, I sprayed it with a short burst from 15-20 feet away. The bear, apparently startled from the noise, sight and feel of the spray, jumped to the side and into the woods. The windy conditions caused me to take some of the spray also (strong stuff indeed), but I prefer a bit of spray to a potential wrestle with the bear. I have included photos of the bear and do not mind if you post them on your website. According to the National Park Services news release on this incident, this was a 185 pound black bear not known to have acted aggressively in the past. He did not respond to aversive conditioning techniques and because of this bear sprayunfortunate event it was determined that the bear would have to be killed, which he was the next day. I cannot say for sure, but it is my feeling that this whole situation could have been avoided by regular bear-area precautions such as making noise, and if needed, the use of the bear spray when contact was first made with the bear. This bear definitely did not want anything to do with the spray. I enjoy seeing bears and feel that without them, the environment would be a much-less fulfilling place. I appreciate that in many situations bear spray allows a bear attack or confrontation to end with both man and bear’s survival. Thanks for a great product. – Chad Adams


Chad Adams
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