From cougar scares to charging elk, Canadians have had a bit of a tough break this summer. Well, a tourist visiting BC wasn’t having it and took a no-nonsense approach to deal with an aggressive bear in Northern B.C. In fact, the man repeatedly punched a black bear after it attacked his dog.
The BC Conservation Officer Services told Narcity that a couple visiting the area “pulled over at a common tourist pullout alongside South Klondike Highway, near Tutshi Lake - approximately 20km south of the YK/BC border."
The couple reportedly took their dogs for a walk, on a leash. All of a sudden, a black bear emerged from the ditch and attacked one of the dogs.
When this happened, the husband jumped on the bear and began punching it. "The bear and male adult tumbled down the ditch together and the bear bit the male adult,” Conservation told Narcity. The bite was minor and the victim received treatment soon after.
Believe it or not, it sounds like this man’s gut reaction to fight the bear wasn't entirely wrong. In fact, The B.C. Parks Bears and Cougars outline says “Always fight back. Jump up and down, wave your arms and yell. Try to look as large as possible. Never play dead – it makes you easier prey. Remember that black bears and small grizzlies can climb trees, so stay on the ground” in regards to bear attacks.
After the attack, Yukon conservation officers visited the area and were forced to kill the black bear on account of extremely aggressive behavior, said CBC News.
This event is traumatic and tragic for a number of reasons. Though none of us can say for sure what we would do in similar circumstances, it's important that we stay informed about wildlife in any given area and how best to coexist.
As mentioned, bears have been very prevalent in recent western Canadian news. On Aug. 6, a toddler was sent to the hospital after being bitten by a black bear at The Greater Vancouver Zoo. Back in July, a black bear was also caught on video running into a restaurant in an Albertan community. On top of that, several hiking trails in the Rockies have been closed due to the presence bears.
As it appears, we can't really predict when we might encounter a bear. Thought, what we can tell you is that black bear reports are up by nearly 1000 from July of 2018 to July 2019 according to the statistics reported by B.C. Parks. Keep your eyes open and carry bear spray!