Canadian Man Tries To Reason With Attacking Black Bear: “I Tried Telling It, ‘You Don’t Have To Do This’”

If you find yourself in a direct confrontation with a black bear, it’s best to make yourself as big as possible, be loud and aggressive, and do whatever you can to try to scare him away.

Nowhere in a wildlife handbook does it say:

“Try to reason with him. Strike up a polite conversation with the bear and explain its mistakes.”

Well, for 27-year-old Brandon Lattie, he did just that.

Corresponding Maple Ridge NewsLattie was lucky to be alive after a black bear tried to drown him in a lake on the outskirts of Prince George, British Columbia, a few years ago.

He was hiking with a friend just outside of town when they accidentally stumbled across the bear.

“It just happened so quickly. He held me tight, I didn’t really feel anything, there was so much adrenaline, I just wanted to stay alive. After the bear hit me, he tried to hold me under the water.

I was immediately sure that I would die here. This is where I get my head chewed off.”

When they first saw the bear they ran away (BIG MISTAKE) and Shocker… the bear caught up with him in a hurry and chased him into a lake (also BIG MISTAKE).

With his shoes stuck in the mud of the lake bottom, the bear jumped onto his back and began pushing him under the water.

“After he tried to push me underwater I was about a foot from the surface and was basically fighting for my life and was able to push myself back off the bottom to get a breath. The bear looked startled as I turned and stared dead at him.

I tried talking to him at first by saying, ‘You don’t have to do this.'”


It’s like he’s trying to get him off the edge.

“You’ve got so much to live man… I can help you, WE can help you… you don’t have to do this.”

I get it. Adrenaline pumping, you panic, ignore everything you’ve ever learned about bears, but still you’re in Canada… I would expect a little more familiarity with bears from the people of British Columbia.

Needless to say, the bear was pretty unreasonable.

Regardless, let’s move on…

Lattie somehow managed to outrun the bear for a while and made it to a dock on the other side of the lake, the bear still hot on his tail. When the bear finally caught up with him and pushed him under water again to drown him, the fight caught the attention of a passer-by with her husky-shepherd mix Musket.

Upon seeing the bear, the Musket began to bark angrily at the bear and scared it away from Lattie, who managed to come ashore.

How about this for a twist?

The guy kinda swims all over the lake who knows how far, runs on so much adrenaline Michael Phelps would look like a drunk toddler, and when the bear finally catches up to him, he’s man’s best friend to the rescue.

His hiking friend? Hidden somewhere in a bush, nowhere to be seen. Random dog? The hero in this story. Proving once again that dogs are better than humans.

Lattie escaped with only minor scratches and stab wounds.

A kitchen with sink and toaster

moral of the story?

Don’t run away from a black bear, don’t try to swim away from a black bear, and don’t fucking try to talk a black bear out of eating you.

Oh, and maybe next time hike with a dog instead of a human. Canadian Man Tries To Reason With Attacking Black Bear: “I Tried Telling It, ‘You Don’t Have To Do This’”

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