Hikers chased by grizzly bear @ Glacier National Park
Hikers chased by grizzly bear @ Glacier National Park

Montana residents Dulé and Evy were out for hike near Hidden Lake inside Glacier National Park when the witnessed a harrowing incident involving a group of hikers and massive grizzly bear. The pair witnessed the bear come out of the treeline and then make a beeline towards a group of hikers (one of which was carrying a 1-year-old child on his back). They alerted the hikers to the bears presence and you can hear the panic in their voices as they took off running. Thankfully the grizzly gave up the chase and the hikers were unharmed but they made the wrong choice when they decided to flee. Glacier National Park advises you should never run when confronted with a grizzly on trail, rather you get out of its way, back away slowly and let it pass.

“This was our Grizzly episode as we were on the return hike from Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park as this huge 600-700 pound Bruin appeared to be headed to the same place where a trio of hikers with a baby were beginning their hike up. That’s when the encounter happens but all good. Nobody was harmed and the Bear went on to pick more huckleberries. But a lesson not to RUN!”

Glacier National Park Bear Encounters Safety Guide:

If you encounter a bear inside the minimum recommended safe distance (100 yards; 91 m), you can decrease your risk by following these guidelines:

  • If a bear or other animal is moving in your direction on a trail, get out of its way and let it pass.
  • If you can move away, do so. If moving away appears to agitate the bear, stop. In general, bears show agitation by swaying their heads, huffing, and clacking their teeth. Lowered head and laid-back ears also indicate aggression. Bears may stand on their hind legs or approach to get a better view, but these actions are not necessarily signs of aggression. The bear may not have identified you as a person and may be unable to smell or hear you from a distance. Help the bear recognize you as a friendly human.
    • Talk quietly.
    • Do not run! Back away slowly. Stop if it seems to agitate the bear.
    • Use your peripheral vision. Bears may interpret direct eye contact as threatening.
    • Continue to move away as the situation allows.
  • If a bear appears intent on approaching you, your group, or your campsite in a non-defensive manner (not showing signs of agitation), gather your group together, make noise, and try to discourage the bear from further approaching. Prepare to deploy your bear spray. If you are preparing or consuming food, secure it. DO NOT LET THE BEAR GET YOUR FOOD!
  • If a bear approaches in a defensive manner (appears agitated and/or charges), stop. Do not run. Talk quietly to the bear. Prepare to deploy your bear spray. If contact appears imminent and you do not have bear spray, protect your chest and abdomen by falling to the ground on your stomach, clasp your hands around the back of your neck, and leave your pack on for protection. If the bear attempts to roll you over, try to stay on your stomach. If the attack is defensive, the bear will leave once it recognizes you are not a threat. If the attack is prolonged, FIGHT BACK!

For more detailed information, watch our Bear Safety video.

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