Charged by a Grizzly - How the Bear, My Dog, and I Survived

A Report from Team Member, Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven

So Much Goes Through Your Mind …

This morning I went hiking with my dog in the National Forest, just outside of Grand Teton National Park and grizzly bear charged me - twice - !!

The adrenaline was pumping during the attack. So much goes through your mind when a 500-pound grizzly comes charging at you.

Don't run.
Make yourself look tall.
Shout to the bear.
Back away slowly.
Have a can of bear pepper spray ready to discharge on the charging bear.
Don’t Panic….

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Listen. You may hear their call. Birds, specially adapted to this arid land. Birds, so rare you may never see them again. This is Namibia. Read More

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Where can you find the biggest hawk in North America AND the fasted land mammal?

Imagine standing on a rounded ridge looking across an endless prairie grassland. The quiet and emptiness of the world around you literally seems to take your breath away. A small motion catches your eye. A bison head appears just down the ridge from you, then another, and another. Within a minute or two, a herd of bison are staring at you staring at them. The bison turn as a group ... Read More

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