An Alberta man needed to be airlifted to security on Saturday after injuring himself whereas scrambling up a mountain following an in depth encounter with a few grizzly bears.
Eric Macapus was climbing alone on Mount Crandell in Waterton Lakes Nationwide Park when the encounter occurred.
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Macapus, an avid hiker, stated he was about seven kilometres into his trek when he got here throughout the mom grizzly and her cub.
“I used to be on my approach, (and) had been seeing numerous wildlife already, just like the Mountain goats, this and that. That path, even within the highest level, there’s nonetheless mountain goats,” Macapus stated. “I’ve an intuition already that I’ll see different wildlife apart from that, as a result of I stated, ‘I feel I’m of their space.’”
“Then I hear a growl behind me. … After which after I turned my head again, I noticed grizzly bears — like an enormous mama and a cub. like they’re 12 meters away.”
“I used to be shocked,” he stated. “I get my telephone instantly, take away my gloves after which dial 911.”
“The second I noticed them I stated, ‘I’m going to die. I’m going to die. I’ll die.”
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Macapus stated he began shouting on the bears whereas he was on the telephone with 911 in an try to get them to cease approaching him, however they continued towards him.
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“I feel the cub was actually curious,” he stated. “Like, he was taking part in — like operating in the direction of me and stopping, after which coming again to his mother after which come again to me once more.
“Each time I turned again they stopped, however each time I stroll, they saved strolling in the direction of me.”
Macapus stated he thought to himself, “I is perhaps rescued right here (however I might be) with out my hand. I used to be panicked.”
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Macapus stated he managed to scramble to the very best level of Mount Crandell, however twisted his ankle within the course of.
At the moment, he watched the bears from some 20 metres away as he continued speaking to 911 operators.
“They stated that I needed to wait for 3 hours, 4 hours for the rescue. I stated ‘no downside. I’ll wait as a result of I can’t stroll as a result of I twisted my ankle.’
“So I simply stayed, like within the full solar, perhaps like 4 hours.’”
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Macapus stated the bears finally left and he was airlifted to security.
“The lesson I’ve discovered is don’t go climbing by your self within the backcountry. In the event you go hike by your self, ensure that you’re extra skilled and extra conscious with easy methods to cope with the wildlife.”
Macapus stated he additionally discovered bear spray needs to be saved someplace in your physique that’s simply accessible as a substitute of in your bag, which is the place he had put his.
“I need to share this story for different hikers,” he stated.
“Don’t go climbing alone in bear nation.”
Macapus stated although he’s been climbing for nearly a decade, Saturday was the closest encounter he had with a bear.
He stated the expertise was scary, however gained’t cease him from persevering with to hike within the Rocky Mountains.
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