A group of rafters were surprised by a close encounter with a grizzly bear. While heading down the Elaho River near Squamish, B.C.the rafters suddenly see a young bear dash into the water and directly at one of the kayakers in the river.
“Rafting trip. A dead elk had been on an island between channels. Mostly ravens and turkey vultures until that day. The Grizzly sized up both rafts and decided to bluff charge the safety kayaker until it got too deep,” says the video maker.
While grizzly bears are good swimmers, the kayaker managed to get away downstream in the rough waters. It looks like the rest of the rafting group made their way past the bear without problem. Sometimes when bears bluff charges it is because they display defensive behavior trying to tell the unwanted guests that they are not welcome in the area.
This bear might have thought the kayaker was attempting to go for the food/elk he wanted. Fortunately for the kayaker, he noticed what was happening and managed to paddle away before the bear got too close.
Watch the encounter in the video below.