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Watch: Wild Bear Charges Photographers in Alaska

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In a heart-stopping encounter in Alaska’s Chinitna Bay on Lake Clark’s Cook inlet, a group of tourists and photographers found themselves in the direct path of a charging brown bear.

On a guided tour with Scenic Bear Viewing, the group aimed to observe bears in their natural environment. However, what was supposed to be a serene experience quickly turned into a nail-biting moment.

Bear Charges Photographers

The Unexpected Charge 

While the group was observing a calm bear digging holes on the sandy shores of the National Park, a brown bear in the distance suddenly started charging toward them at a rapid pace. The rapid approach of the bear caught everyone off guard, heightening the situation’s tension.

Bravery in the Face of Danger 

Martin Boland, the guide with over a decade of experience with these majestic creatures, showcased immense courage. Instead of retreating, Martin ran directly towards the charging bear, screaming and waving his camera in a brave attempt to deter the animal. His quick thinking and fearless approach worked. The bear, taken aback by Martin’s audacity, decided to retreat to the water.

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Safety Advice from the Experts 

Following this harrowing experience, the tour company took to Instagram to share crucial advice for anyone in a similar situation. They emphasized the importance of not running from a charging bear, as this could trigger their natural chase instinct. Instead, they advised standing one’s ground, especially during a bluff charge meant to intimidate rather than attack. The company also highlighted the importance of maintaining a safe distance from wild bears and always ensuring the presence of an experienced guide during such excursions.


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This thrilling encounter is a stark reminder of the unpredictability of nature and the importance of respecting wild animals in their habitats. While the group was fortunate to have an experienced guide like Martin. Tourists must be aware of the potential dangers and always prioritize safety when venturing into the wilderness.

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