Bear attack on Red - Dog takes brunt of force, woman escapes

Andrew Zwicker
By Andrew Zwicker
September 12th, 2010

If you go out in the woods today you may be in for a big surprise. Bears in and around Rossland are certainly nothing new but this past Tuesday one Rossland resident got more than they bargained for.

While hiking near the upper reaches of the Red Head trail on the south side of Red Mountain, a woman out hiking with her dog encountered a black bear. The bear proceeded to charge the woman and her dog with the dog taking the brunt of the charge. While the woman was able to escape the scene with only a sprained ankle to show for it the dog did suffer some minor lacerations.
Conservation officer Peter Busink has since been in contact with the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society who will be posting signs along the trail warning of a bear in the area.
While bears will occasionally bluff charge to ward off people or animals they aren’t too glad to have around “It’s very rare for a bear to follow through on a charge,” noted Busink. It is suspected that the bear was likely protecting nearby cubs or playing security on one of its food caches.
The Trails Society and Conservation officer have asked all hikers to beware that they are in bear country and to take extra precaution when hiking or biking the trails in the Red Mountain area.

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