In a rare incident in northern British Columbia, a 21-year-old tree planter was attacked by a grizzly bear near Tumbler Ridge. The individual was airlifted to a hospital and is currently in stable condition.

The tree planter was attacked by a grizzly bear while planting trees southwest of Bearhole Lake Provincial Park, as reported by CBC News.

The Conservation Officer Service is investigating the incident, which appears to be a defensive attack by the bear.

While serious attacks on tree planters are uncommon, there have been minor incidents involving swatting or nipping in the past.

Remarkably, this is the first bear attack in British Columbia since 1991 that has required an airlift.

As the attack occurred in a remote location, the risk to public safety is minimized, and no trapping efforts are currently underway.

Safety Precautions

It is important to note that bears typically avoid interactions with humans. However, it is advised for individuals to take precautions such as carrying bear spray, traveling in groups, and keeping pets on a leash when in or near wilderness areas. The Conservation Officer Service emphasizes the importance of adhering to these safety measures.

Precautions such as carrying bear spray, traveling in groups, and keeping pets on leash are advised when traveling in or near wilderness areas. These measures can help mitigate the risk of encountering a bear and increase the chances of survival in the event of an encounter.

Understanding bear behavior patterns is also essential for personal safety. Here are three important survival techniques to consider:

Stay calm and avoid sudden movements: Bears are generally more interested in avoiding humans than attacking them. Avoid direct eye contact and slowly back away if you come across a bear. Running or climbing a tree may trigger a predatory response.

Make noise: Bears are often startled by sudden noises. Talking loudly, clapping, or singing can alert them to your presence and give them an opportunity to move away.

Play dead if attacked: In rare cases where a bear makes physical contact, playing dead may be the best course of action. Lie flat on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck and legs spread apart to make it harder for the bear to flip you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area.