Timber Cruiser escapes charging black bear

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Moose Valley, west of 100 Mile House
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-10-02
Company Name: 
Montane Forest Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A timber cruiser was traversing through the block when the timber cruiser’s dog, next to him, started to act abnormally. The timber cruiser pulled his bear spray out just in case.

Moments later a large male black bear charged the timber cruiser. The bear had made no noise whatsoever before leaving its cover and charging the timber cruiser. This was a predatory bear.

The timber cruiser sprayed the bear with bear spray and began moving toward his vehicle. The bear stayed in the area and did not run off. When the bear spray was deployed it continued to spray until it emptied the can. This left the timber cruiser without the opportunity to spray a second time on his way back to his vehicle should he be charged a second time.

The manufacturer has been contacted and is investigating the incident further.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Follow Up: The empty can has been returned to the place of purchase, which will also follow up with the manufacturer to determine if the can was faulty. Any determination made on the functioning of the bear spray will be forwarded when available.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Ian Briggs (250) 395-4025

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