2009-10-09 Bear & Cubs Encounter

Safety Alert Type: 
93B67-128, 3400 Rd, Quesnel Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Polar North Forestry Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew of 2 conducting planting layout. One of the crew saw a black bear emerge from the tree line. After alerting the other crew member, the bear charged the closest crew person. Standing ground, yelling and waving arms from the top of a stump, the bear receded. Crew member was able to start making way to the road and quad with mace drawn. Once joining other crew member, bear was still following trail. The crew started the quads, revved engines and blew horns. The bear retreated to original area along tree line. The crew then witnessed 2 cubs up a tree along with the original bear. The crew safely made their way back to the truck after ensuring bear was not following along.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Be aware of surroundings, make lots of noise and carry proper PPE (Bear spray / Air Horn).  The crew did acknowledge that they were at the end of their day and were more intent on finishing the task at hand than their surroundings.  Also, time of day is important to note that more attention is needed to surroundings as later in the day is usually the feeding time for wildlife.

Need to assess risks and hazards continually throughout the workday.  Anticipate what may go wrong and how they can prevent or avoid incidents.

For more information, please contact:

Tammy Syslak, Polar North Forestry Ltd.


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2009-10-09 Bear & Cubs Encounter.pdf
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