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Safety Alert Type: 
Barlow Lake FSR - Vanderhoof
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Ponderosa Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Timber Cruising crew was working in standing timber when a 2yr old Grizzly cub ran by on an adjacent trail. Two minutes later the sow walked by in the same direction. Both bears walked within 15m of the crew, noticed them but did not react.

There was an older moose that was heavily infested with ticks noticed earlier that day in the same area. It is thought that the bears may have been following the scent of the moose.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When a close bear encounter occurs, remove yourself from the area immediately. Ensure personal bear protection is readied and walk away from the area perpendicular to any trails.

A bear cub encounter almost always means that a sow is close by. Do not hesitate in removing yourself from the area.

When 2 or more people are working in one location, all workers should group together immediately and walk out as a unit.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dean Toll - Ponderosa Forestry 250-567-2469

File attachments
2008-05-10 Close Encounters With Wildlife.pdf
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