Bear Encounter Close Call

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
near Grand Forks, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-05-21
Company Name: 
Interfor - Grand Forks Woods Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker walking through a cut block encountered a bear approximately 10 metres away in some dense brush. The weather was clear and windy at the time of the encounter.

Once the worker noticed the bear he immediately started to talk calmly to it. The bear appeared startled by the workers presence and started to approach the worker quickly (ran but not charged). The bear came within one step of the worker spraying it before it stopped.

The bear eventually moved downwind of the worker to catch their scent and the worker was able to exit the area without incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure that you are making noise to alert wildlife of your presence when walking alone in the field.

Learning Points:

  • When working alone ensure that you are carrying a communication device, such as a fully charged handheld radio, satellite phone, or SPOT gps unit.
  • Know your safe work procedure for wildlife encounters.
  • Make sure that you have your bear spray in an easy to access location. In this case the worker had the spray out within a couple of seconds.
  • Ensure that you know how to use your bear spray if you need to
  • Check the expiry date of your bear spray to make sure you’re not bringing out an expired product that could fail you in an emergency.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Melissa MacLeod at Interfor Grand Forks Division. (250) 443 2459

File attachments
Bear Encounter Close Call.pdf
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