Hiker uses beach ball as a shield against a black bear in Alaskan wilderness
A man was out and about in Alaska with his wife and friends last week when they encountered a black bear and were using a beach ball as a shield.
Niels Green was hiking the Tonsina Trail at Lowell Point State Recreation Site near Seward on Thursday when his wife Regina called "Bear" and he saw his dog Hunter running past him across the bridge, reported Craig Medred.
Green faced an adult black bear with only a beach ball as a defense.
"I turned around and it was about two feet away," he said, reported Craig Medred. “He never looked at me. I kept hitting him in the face with the ball. "
Sarah Wallner, who was also on the hike, was abused by a grizzly bear in 2007, but this time she and Regina managed to jump to the other side of the bridge railing to avoid the bear, Alaska Public Media reported.
"Oh, not again. That won't happen," Wallner recalled to the news agency. "How, that shouldn't happen again."
In the meantime, Green used the beach ball "as a buffer" for two minutes before Regina took the bear mace from her backpack and gave it to Green, who according to the publication sprayed the bear. The bear left afterwards.
Regina wrote about the incident on a Seward Facebook community group, warning others about the bear.
“Bear on Tonsina stormed the dog onto the bridge with us. Don't be afraid of people. Had to be slapped a bear in the face so it could go, ”she wrote on Thursday.
Other hikers have reported seeing black bears along the way.
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