Terrifying moment a grizzly bear charges at a Yellowstone Park ranger who fires shot to scare him off

THIS is the moment a grizzly bear charges at a ranger in Yellowstone Park forcing the guard to fire his weapon to scare the beast away.

The same day it was filmed last Friday, a bear mauled a lone hiker, 39, in the northern part of the park.



In the footage, we see the ranger shocked by the male bear’s sudden charge, he takes cover behind his truck and fires rubber shots at the bear.

The bear flees into the forest, discouraged from reemerging by the ranger, who then ignites louder explosive devices.

Local wildlife photographer, Deby Dixon, who saw the incident unfold said:

"This is why visitors should maintain their distance from the bears. This guy meant business!

"This boar had been following a girl around all day, in Yellowstone, and was reported to have charged about six cars throughout the day when people blocked the bear's path.

"Apparently, the sow would cross the road and then people would pull their car up in front of the boar to get photos, blocking him from reuniting with his girlfriend.

"As you can see, getting between a grizzly and what he wants can be bad news. Even after this boar charged the ranger, several visitors and photographers were standing along the road, watching the sow leave, despite not knowing where the boar had gone."

Yellowstone Park released a statement with reference to the bear injury which occurred on the same day: "On the morning of Friday, May 28, 2021, a male, age 39, sustained injuries from a bear while hiking on the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs.

STAY BEAR AWARE

Here’s what Yellowstone advises all tourists to be mindful of while touring in reserves with high grizzly bear populations.

Although vicious attacks from grizzly bears are extremely rare, with Yellowstone reporting on average one bear injury a year, they can be fatal and grizzlies are known for being merciless predators at times.

  • Stay 100 yards away from bears at all times. A bear is more likely to retreat if it sees or smells several people walking toward it than if a single person approaches.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Practice in advance how to operate the pepper spray, including being familiar with far it shoots. Also wear accessibly on your front.
  • Be alert and watch for fresh tracks, scat, and feeding sites.
  • Do not defend yourself against a grizzly and collapse to play dead. Only play dead after a bear has made contact with you.
  • Hike in groups of three or more people. A bear is more likely to retreat if it sees or smells several people walking toward it than if a single person approaches.
  • Don't hike at dawn, dusk, or at night, when grizzlies are most active.
  • Don’t run from a bear. Keep watching the animal as you walk away slowly, and some experts suggest speaking out loud in a calm voice.

"The male was hiking alone when he encountered what he believed to be two grizzly bears.

"One bear made contact with the hiker and he sustained significant injuries to his lower extremities but was able to hike out on his own.

"He was transported to Livingston Hospital by park ambulance."

The Beaver Ponds Trail is closed until further notice while the bear management staff sweep the trail to ensure no other hikers are on the trail.

This is the first incident of a bear injuring a person in Yellowstone in 2021. The last incident was in June 2020, when a grizzly bear knocked a woman to the ground and scratched her thigh.

Meanwhile, incredible footage of a woman pushing a bear off her garden's wall to stop it mauling her dogs surfaced yesterday.

The shocking footage was published on TikTok and went viral online, with people sharing their reactions and concerns.

In the clip, a bear can be seen moving along a wall while the woman's dogs run in the garden.

A small bear cub is also on the wall, but runs away when the dogs start barking.

At one point, the adult bear appears to try and grab one of the dogs before the lady rushes outside her home to save her pooches.

The Utah woman, only identified as Hailey, bravely runs towards the bear and, without any hesitation, pushes it off the wall.

She then looks around the garden to make sure all her dogs are fine, before grabbing the smallest pooch and rushing back indoors.

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