How do you talk to a bear as you slowly, nervously, back away?

Hey bear! It's okay.

Hey bear. It's okay.

Was he saying that for the bear's sake or his own?

You can watch in the video below as the nervous man backs slowly away.

A curious bear zigzags between the trees, watching the human.

In the man's hand, you'll see he is holding something that is pointed at the bear. That is a bottle of bear spray.

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Woah Bear

Hey bear.

Hey, get out of here.

I'm leaving.

But the bear keeps sniffing and following him.

The man is smart enough to keep as many trees between him and the bear as he can. No need to be in the open spaces should the bear try to charge.

Still, at this point, the bear just seems curious.

Just when the man thinks he has put a little distance between him and the bear, the big guy trots a little bit and gets a bit too close.

Hey bear! It's okay.

Hey bear. It's okay.


Now the bear is getting TOO close.

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At one point the bear almost seems playful as it runs to a tree and climbs partway up it. It hangs on up there and looks at the man from above.



I guess the tree-climbing stunt made the man nervous.

But the second time the bear runs and climbs a tree the man takes it as a sign that the bear maybe just wants to play.

Good bear.

That's a good bear.

Just stay up here.

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Finally, the seemly curious and playful bear gets a little too close.

The nervous man shoots a squirt of bear spray out.

I'll let you watch the video to see what happens next.

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