sqeellicbicGive us the full story please. What were you doing leading up to it?
Which full story? I guess I can tell both
For the one where I deployed the bear spray, I was hiking Heavens Peak in Glacier National Park, with two friends. If any of you are familiar with the mountain, you know that it is a decently long bushwhack to the ridge. We were about 3/4 of the way through the bushwhack and we stopped because one of my friends was getting a blister. We were just off the side of the "trail" and I walked up maybe 150 feet to look around. I was on top of a small boulder and I looked to my left and there was a grizzly cub about 30 feet away. I yelled at it to alert it so the mother would know I'm there (this is what you are supposed to do). Turns out, the mama bear was a few yards away, and when I yelled I scared it off. I walked back down towards my group, told them what happened, packed up, and kept going on the hike. Maybe 15 minutes later we hear something running away from us, and then the mama griz charging at us, we try and grab our bear sprays, but it turns out it was a blunt charge and the bear turns around. At this point, the bear is maybe 30 feet from us, and I am the only one with their bear spray out. It charges again and as it is getting closer I spray it at it. No joke, as soon as the bear got close to where I sprayed it, it stopped immediately and turned around. We all had bear spray in our eyes and noses, so we turned around and headed back to the car. This is a pretty standard bear encounter, not really much of a disaster.
Bear spray works, you can trust it.
As for what happened with my friend, it a pretty scary story.
He was visting home from college, and he and his dad were hunting. They were walking across a log a few feet high, one of them looks down, and there is a mother bear with 2 cubs below them. It gets up on its hind legs and literally swats my friend's dad off the log. He scrambles to his feet and tries to make some distance and cover his face/neck. The bear gets on top of him and starts mauling him. My friend grabs his rifle and jumps down from the log, he shoots the bear once and the bear turns to him and charges at him. The bear tackles him and starts attacking him. His dad grabs his rifle and tries to get a shot on the bear, but he is worried that he could accidentally shoot his son. He finally gets a clear shot, but the bear doesn't move and keeps attacking him. He shoots the bear again, and the bear stops attacking my friend and focuses back on my dad. He says at this point he could see the bear was injured, but it still charges at him and starts attacking him. At this point, my friend had already been torn up a lot, and was struggling to move. He was able to get up and shoot the bear again, but the bear was still not relenting. It turned back to him, and literally mid-stride, it falls. It keeps trying to attack them, but every time it tries to get up its rear legs give out. They literally crawl away, and call 911 as they try to do some first aid. They are evacuated via helicopter and taken to the hospital.
I don't remember their exact injuried, but my friend's back wounds were so deep you could see his collar bone in some spots. His dad lost a lot of movement in his arm, and they both spent a while in the hospital.