Bear encounter

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Published: April 8, 2016Updated: April 9, 2016

Occurrence Date: June 20, 2015

Location: North side of the Central Alaska Range near the McKinley River

Info From Licensor: "This encounter happened while on a 275 mile traverse on foot of the Central Alaska Range over the course of 8 days. Basically in the middle of nowhere. This is a situation every back country traveler never wants to experience. I was down wind of the bear and looking down hill at Dusty who was still hiking up. The bear was apparently approaching to investigate what I was and not catching any smell due to the wind. When Dusty saw him and began waiving his hands, I turned and slowly started walking backwards facing him but not being threatening, while talking to the bear. This technique has worked in every other bear encounter I have had. When I realized it was not deterring him in the slightest I knew I was in for trouble and realized I had one tactic left to call out his bluff. When he stood up to charge in the beginning of the video I had to try and counter it. Without my gun or spray I had one option and it was to appear a threat or at least a difficult meal. (I know many people will criticize my choice for no firearm or spray and go right ahead, I made an educated decision and for once faced the true consequences of that so spare me the BS.)" -Todd Tumolo

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I consider myself very lucky to have walked away from this one unharmed.

This is a situation every back country traveller never wants to experience. I was down wind of the bear and looking down hill at Dusty who was still hiking up. The bear was apparently approaching to investigate what I was and not catching any smell due to the wind. When Dusty saw him and began waiving his hands, I turned and slowly started walking backwards facing him but not being threatening, while talking to the bear. This technique has worked in every other bear encounter I have had. When I realized it was not deterring him in the slightest I knew I was in for trouble and realized I had one tactic left to call out his bluff. When he stood up to charge in the beginning of the video I had to try and counter it. Without my gun or spray I had one option and it was to appear a threat or at least a difficult meal. (I know many people will criticize my choice for no firearm or spray and go right ahead, I made an educated decision and for once faced the true consequences of that so spare me the BS)

Please excuse the language I used.

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      cpscruise ยท 7 weeks ago

      Had a similar situation. Was camped by a lake in our RV. Returning to the RV from a walk I found a large brown bear between me and the RV door. Remembering something I had read I raised my arms over my head and ran towards the bear while screaming my version of an Indian war whoop. The bear turned and ran into the woods. Me, all 120 lbs, made it inside. The bear returned and sniffed around but was well behaved and didn't try to enter, which I am sure he could have if he wished. His claws jammed inside the molding of of a window or door would have done short work and he would be in. I would not suggest anyone try the Indian approach as all bears are individuals and another one may have stood his ground