Hiking with kids can be a unique experience, especially when a black bear follows your family down the trail. Last week, Brighton Fishingher husband and their three young children were hiking a popular trail in British Columbia when a black bear began following them, according to KUTV News.
Although the bear seemed more curious than aggressive, it blocked the way back to the parking lot, so the family of five – with children aged one to six – had to keep walking on the trail while the bear trailed behind them. Peachy was able to record a video of the encounter with her cell phone.
In the video, the protective mother of three can be heard hazing and yelling at the bear in an effort to scare it away as her husband continues on the trail with one child in a hiking backpack and another holding him the hand. The kids are all surprisingly calm during the ordeal, and at one point in the video, the six-year-old calmly asks, “Can we still play dead?”
Peachy, a social media influencer whose Instagram profile centers around outdoor adventures with children, ends up getting their toddler back and the adults prepare with bear spray in case of an attack.
“He just wasn’t fazed by us and kept following us,” Peachy told KUTV, adding that they walked for about 20 minutes and a half mile before the bear stopped chasing them. follow and disappear.
In the event of a bear encounter
In Peachy’s Instagram Post, she notes that after their experience, they learned that the trail had been closed “several times recently due to the bear’s increasing aggressive behavior.” Luckily the bear lost interest, but when she went to warn other hikers she met on the trail, she said they didn’t know what to do about the situation.
Peachy shared some basic tips on what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods. The following advice reflects advice found on the British Columbia Park Service website:
- Stay calm.
- Back up slowly.
- Pick up small children and stay together if you are in a group.
- Make some noise and make you (or your group) look as big as possible.
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
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The current black bear population estimate for British Columbia is between 120,000 and 160,000 bears, which is about a quarter of the total black bear population in Canada, according to the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conservation officers lethally kill about 1,000 nuisance black bears each year to avoid repeat conflict.