Grizzly bear charges worker in snowy forest

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
13K Road (east of Quesnel, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-04-04
Company Name: 
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A three person crew arrived at the worksite after a 9 kilometre snowmobile ride and split up into a two person crew and a single person. The two parties were working approximately a kilometre apart. Each person had a radio.

The person working solo was hanging ribbon when he heard a noise and saw a grizzly bear approaching him from roughly 50 metres away. He yelled at the bear at which time the large bruin charged towards him.

The worker jumped behind a tree. The bear chased him around the tree a few times before losing interest and running off.

The worker then tried to radio the two person crew but only got a quick message off before his radio went dead. The worker then left the scene and headed back to the truck. As a result of the abrupt radio message, the two person crew became concerned and went to the location of the solo worker. Upon their arrival they saw the various tracks and field gear that had been left behind. At that point, the solo worker had reached the truck and was able to contact them via radio to state that “everything was OK”.

The two person crew then left the scene and went to the truck. They decided to transport the solo worker to hospital for observation, as he was displaying symptoms of shock and anxiety.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Carry bear spray, even during early spring. This area still had 7 feet of snow on the ground and the workers did not anticipate that bears would be active.

• Always ensure radios are charged. Communication in an emergency is critical.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Jim Kurta or Chris Royle, Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd., Quesnel, B.C. (250) 992-2987

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