Yellowstone Anglers Save Themselves with Bear Spray
Yellowstone National Park is bear country and officials urge visitors to follow certain safety recommendations. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons John and Lisa Vandenbos were scouting for fishing spots along the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday when they spotted an adult grizzly bear feeding on a partially consumed carcass.
The grizzly bear was obviously surprised and was in no mood to share in its bounty, so it immediately charged the couple, coming to within 9 feet, according to Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin.
Fortunately, the couple from Bozeman, Montana, were prepared and both quickly discharged their bear spray.
"The bear initially left," Warthin wrote. "When attempting to charge the couple again, it ran into the original cloud of bear spray. Upon making contact with the cloud, the bear retreated all the way back across the river and up the adjacent hillside