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A couple - John and Lisa Vandenbos of Bozeman, MT - has escaped uninjured following a grizzly bear encounter in Yellowstone National Park.
The two recreationists were looking for a place to fish when they stumbled upon the bruin, which then charged.
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"They unfortunately surprised an adult grizzly that was feeding on a carcass and that grizzly charged them and came within about nine feet of them," Jody Lyle, Park spokesperson recounted to K2 Radio. "Both of the people, the man and the woman, were able to deploy their bear spray and get the bear to leave the area. It came back and charged them a second time, and actually came back in contact with the original cloud of bear spray they had done the first time and then left again."
Lyle applauds the couple for carrying bear spray and deploying it correctly in a high-stress situation. She reports that they see 30-40 human-bear encounters in the backcountry annually, with bears bear charging in about five to ten of these incidents.
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