Black bear stalks and charges solo worker

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Moose Valley, west of 100 Mile House, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-05-03
Company Name: 
Montane Forest Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A field worker was painting a boundary of a BCTS block located near Moose Valley, west of 100 Mile House. He had been working for a few hours and noticed that something was following him, although he could only hear it. This continued for about 15 minutes. Suddenly he heard something coming through the bush at a fast pace and quickly reached for his bear spray. A medium to large sized black bear came out of the regeneration at full charge and he sprayed the bear at around 10 feet.

The bear turned back into the brush and began pacing and grunting around the worker. He yelled and hit trees to scare it off but the bear charged him again. The worker sprayed the bear again, and this time the bruin turned and climbed a fir tree. He was 10 feet up the tree staring at the worker. When the worker began to retreat, the bear came down and began following the worker for another kilometer until he was outside of the block. The worker guessed this bear to be a 4 – 5 year old male. He also believes this bear to have been hunting him.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• No staff to return to the area alone. If returning to site is required, then one person who is properly trained will be armed with an appropriate fire arm.

• The local CO has been made aware of the situation. BCTS contract administrator has been made aware of the situation.

• An educational wilderness camp in the vicinity was contacted to make them aware of the incident.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

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

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