On Sunday evening social media blew up when Eastmans’ contributing author, Todd Orr posted a video on Facebook of the aftermath of his encounter with a sow grizzly bear and her two cubs. See the video below:
Most of you who have followed this blog for any amount of time know Eastmans’ stance on delisting the Yellowstone grizzly. The reality is that we are far above the original numbers listed in the ESA for delisting and encounters like this are likely to rise. The longer we go without hunting these animals the less instinctual fear of humans grizzlies have.
In most cases bear spray works but it sounds like in this case adrenaline had taken the bear into overdrive as she mauled Todd. Todd did everything the way he was supposed to, which goes to show that sometimes these encounters still happen.
Make sure as you head into bear country this hunting season you brush up on the necessary steps to have a safe backcountry camp. If you are planning on spending time in grizzly bear country in the near future you will want to read Mike Eastman’s book Elk Hunting The West Revisited. Regardless of how safe we are in bear country, the real question is this, what do we have to do as hunters to push grizzly bear delisting through?