Saturday, October 3, 2015

Black Bear Gnaws on Woman's Kayak in Berg Bay, Alaska

First she was thanking the bear for leaving her kayak alone, then the next minute she was pepper spraying him him. “Bear! Bear! You’re breaking it! You’re breaking my kayak.” Can you believe this vid has over 2M views already? You'll probably understand why after watching it. We think under those circumstances we'd let the bear eat whatever it wanted so long as it wasn't us. Brave woman... we think...

During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alaska bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska. I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the cabin to dry while I went on a 4 mile hike that begins just behind the cabin. I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well, I never got to go on that hike. This video is taken 5 minutes after the attack began, he continued to gnaw on it for another 5 or 10 after the video ends. Shortly after the bear left and I drug the kayak back to the cabin door step. Then I swam to the S/V anchored in the bay. They did not have their radio on and I feared I would be stranded! The German flagged S/V Caledonia took me and my things to Wrangell but headed home to Ketchikan on the ferry Monday!

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