Hiker Gets Surrounded By 6 Grizzly Bears Hiking In Yellowstone Backcountry

Grizzlies bears

No, thank you.

There’s something amazing about seeing these animals, but having a whole bunch all around you would set me on edge just a bit. I mean, these are some of the most notorious killers in the world.

Grizzly bears are one of the largest land mammals in North America, with adult males weighing between 300 and 800 pounds and standing up to 7 feet tall when standing on their hind legs. Females are generally smaller, weighing between 200 and 400 pounds and standing up to 6 feet tall.

Grizzly bears are omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods like berries, roots, nuts, fish and small mammals. Opportunistic feeders, they will eat almost anything they can find, including garbage and dead animals.

Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the largest grizzly bear populations in the United States. While the exact number of grizzly bears in Yellowstone is unknown, estimates range from 500 to 750 individuals.

Grizzly bears are naturally wary of humans and will generally avoid contact. However, if they feel threatened or if they think a human as a threat to their cubs or food source, they may attack.

This man was hiking through Yellowstone backcountry when he encountered 6 grizzly bears in a matter of 15 minutes.

The video shows a variety of shots of the bears roaming all around him, feeding in the grass.

The man says he had an encounter where a grizzly came within 10 yards only moments later.

“This was an encounter with 6 bears in a span of about 15 minutes. I took this video with my first video camera (Canon SX50) so it is low resolution and did not have video stabilization.

This is the one and only time that I actually yelled at grizzly bears; now days I may say something to them in a nice quiet calm voice if they get too close but never in a loud voice.”

The reason we get out there is to experience cool wildlife encounters, but it can be wildly dangerous.

A little too close for comfort…

Black Bear Stalks Family Of Hikers On Trail

This is my childhood fear lived out.

I remember being in elementary school, and telling my parents I didn’t want to go on a hike because I was terrified of a bear running up on us (I was six-years-old, chill).

Of course, my parents would convince me that it would never happen, so I finally got the nerve to go with them, and sure enough, the only thing we saw was a ton of mosquitos.

However, this nightmare turned into a reality for this family of hikers, as a black bear began to follow them down a trail in British Columbia, Canada, according to KUTV.

Brighton Peachy, the mom who captured the wild instance on video, was hiking with her husband and three young children between the ages of one to six. You can see pops with the youngest in the backpack meanwhile the two other little ones were on foot.

The bear appeared to just be curious of what the strangers were doing, and had no intentions of attacking, but I wouldn’t be able to get the thought of that bear being able to rip me to shreds out of my mind.

They tried to scare the bear off by yelling at it, and oddly the enough, all of the kids remained calm throughout the whole chase.

The six-year-old even hilariously says:

“Can we play dead, yet?”

Clearly, he knows a thing or two about bear encounters.

As they constantly warn their kids not to run, she eventually picks up their middle child as they continue walking backwards. The black bear followed the family for a terrifying half a mile, before they were finally able to separate themselves.

Brighton explained the scary encounter to the outlet:

“It just wasn’t fazed by us and kept following us.”

She added that all they could do, was just keep walking:

“Which was, like, a little nerve-racking when there’s a bear following you, but it was kind of our only option.

I knew we just had to stay calm, and I had to keep reminding my kids like stay calm, don’t run that will just like spook the bear and make it worse.”

She continued:

“You’re in their territory and even if you do all the things you’re supposed to do they might not care they still might just want to keep coming the direction they’re going or come after you so just a really good reminder to be cautious when you’re out there.”

Bears are generally kind of curious by nature, but stalked by a bear with my wife and three little kids is about that last place on Earth I want to be:

Brighton provided on context on Instagram:

“We later learned they’ve had to close this area multiple times because of this bears increasing aggressive behavior.

This was scarier than the time I was mock charged by a bear because I had my kids with me & felt helpless. The bear was not intimidated by us at all, he just kept following us. At first we thought we were just in the way of the direction he was headed but then we started to wonder if he was stalking us.

My 6 yr old is a little too comfortable outdoors & wasn’t taking the situation seriously. We finally came upon other hikers and when we alerted them they didn’t know what to do, so I thought I’d share what you should and shouldn’t do if you encounter a bear.”

She added tips for hiking in bear country such as carrying bear spray, make yourself big and noisy, storing food properly, and also some things not to do, like run, feed the bear, get aggressive with the bear, turn your back, and more.

And finally, if you get attacked by a grizzly, play dead. If you get attacked by a black bear… fight that mf’er as hard as you can.

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