The ranger shot the charging bear with projectiles to scare it away
A recently posted YouTube video shows a large grizzly charging a Yellowstone National Park ranger who was outside his vehicle attempting to direct traffic that had slowed because of onlookers.
The footage, uploaded to YouTube by a user named Jaydog R, was captured Friday, May 28, the same day a grizzly bear mauled a hiker near Mammoth Hot Springs.
When the bear charges, the ranger takes cover behind his truck. He then grabs a gun and fires what are likely rubber bullets at the bear.
After the bear runs into the forest, the ranger ignites loud explosive devises (likely bird bomb shotgun shells) to scare the bear from the area.
Wildlife photographer Deby Dixon told For The Win Outdoors that the footage was taken south of Roaring Mountain, north of the Norris Geyser Basin.
Dixon, who said she obtained her information from a Yellowstone bear manager, stated on Facebook:
“This is why visitors should maintain their distance from the bears. This guy meant business!
“This boar had been following a [sow] around all day, in Yellowstone, and was reported to have charged about 6 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.”
Park regulations state that tourists should stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves, especially when not in their vehicles.
Dixon added: “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.”
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