Woman Learns the Hard Way That Screaming 'Bear, Stop!' Doesn't Work on a Bear

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If you’re ever in the vicinity of a bear who’s ravaging your personal belongings, it’s best not to attempt a rational conversation with the bear, like this woman did. “I’m going to pepper spray you in the face,” she says to the bear. “That’s what I’m gonna do to you.”


And that’s what she did. The victim initially tries to reason with the bear by screaming for it to stop. Great plan! The bear, however, remains unbothered as her screams deteriorate into helpless cries.

Listen to her increasingly blood curdling screams while the bear continues ripping apart her kayak: “Stop it, Bear. Stop it! Bear! Bear! Bear! You’re breaking it! You’re breaking my kayak! Why are you doing that?! Why are you breaking my kayak?! Why are you breaking my kayak?! What am I gonna do?!”

This incident happened while the woman was traveling from Ketchikan to Petersburg, Alaska, as she explains on YouTube:

I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the cabin to dry while I went on a 4 mile hike that begins just behind the cabin. I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well, I never got to go on that hike. This video is taken 5 minutes after the attack began, he continued to gnaw on it for another 5 or 10 after the video ends. Shortly after the bear left and I drug the kayak back to the cabin door step. Then I swam to the S/V anchored in the bay. They did not have their radio on and I feared I would be stranded! The German flagged S/v Caledonia took me and my things to Wrangell where I am trying to repair my kayak now.

The bear is just being a rude bear, just like its father was and his father before him.

Watch around the 1:44 mark. The bear flinches when the woman again screams, “Bear!” Perhaps it’s thinking, “Lady, have you ever considered my name may not be ‘Bear’?? And would you rather I maul you?? Leave me ALONE!”

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Funny story, we were actually taught to sort of do this at summer camp if we encounter a bear. We were told that if a bear got close to you, you should put your arms up way over your head, take a good strong stance with your feet, and shout “GO AWAY BEAR!”. They’d tell us this the first day of camp and have everyone practice all together (which was adorable to watch like 7 year olds doing this). Now that I think about it, may not be the most effective tactic... But does anyone have a better plan?