Always Be Prepared

Always be prepared for bear encounters while exploring the B.C. backcountry.

By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press

A woman who surprised a grizzly while hiking up remote mountains in British Columbia’s Interior had no time to protect herself or prevent the bear attack, a conservation officer said.

The bear lunged at the woman and bit her, breaking her arm in a “chance encounter” on Friday, said Len Butler of B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service.

The bear was just trying to protect itself as it happened upon the woman and her boyfriend, he added.

“They hiked along a trail, they were in some of the open meadows and there was a small little pass to go up through,” said Butler. “It was so quick. They did nothing wrong.”

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