Scary moments were caught on camera when a 650-pound Grizzly Bear charged at a group of hikers with a baby on their back at Glacier National Park this weekend.
“I happened to catch the grizzly from the corner of my eye just coming out of the trees onto this meadow. Then we realized there were people below coming up not knowing, having no clue that there’s a grizzly coming up.”
The man who took the video, wildlife photographer Dulé Krivdich, was hiking on a switchback near Hidden Lake Sunday afternoon when he noticed the bear coming close to people on a switchback below.
“When it’s happening it was real. We were telling the people ‘You need to start making noise’. They were asking ‘What do we do.’
You can hear his wife in the video advising the hikers ‘Don’t run!’
“There was a moment where we saw that bear charge right down towards them right when it took the first whiff of them. Little scary,” said Krivdich.
“They ran and I think that’s when the bear did that extra little buff charge towards them. The bear didn’t want any trouble anyway, the bear was not initially aggressive. The scary part was there was a 1 year old infant on the back of a guy’s carrier. He actually slowed down and stopped when the bear did the bluff charge, and he waived his arms up, he kid of made himself look bigger and the bear actually stopped at that point so who knows, that may have been the saving grace moment.”
Krivdich says the hikers had bear spray but froze in the moment, shouting for help and eventually running away. The bear did not follow them.