Surveyor encounters aggressive black bear

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
near Merritt, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Resource West Consulting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A surveyor was walking up a creek gully and noticed ripped up stumps and logs. Her dog surprised a nearby black bear and chased it partially up a tree. However, the bear was unable to climb to safety and chased the dog back.

The bear was very agitated, standing on its hind legs at about 20 metres distant and huffing and snorting. The dog managed to keep the bear far enough away so the surveyor could leave the block. This was the third time in a week the same surveyor has encountered a bear at close range which has acted aggressively.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Watch out for bear activity signs, including ripped up logs and stumps
  • Make noise while in the area
  • Keep bear spray and noisemakers available


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sarita Burgoon, Resource West Consulting 250-215-9199

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