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You’ve probably heard of instances where bear spray can be used to ward off curious and/or hungry bears? We have. But we just haven’t actually seen instances where bear spray works on video. Until now. This man was hiking in Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan when he ran into this curious critter. The bear follows the man for several minutes before he unleashes the spray at the 2:32 mark in the video.

“I was out photographing a bear from a safe distance when it caught scent and sight of me,” he wrote. “Normally, I’m used to black bears running away when they’re aware of a person but this bear was behaving oddly. It came towards me and followed me even after I stood my ground, shouted, and waved my arms at it. Luckily I had bear spray and prepared myself to use it if the bear charged at me. I slowly and safely started retreating back to my car and after a couple of minutes of it following me, I decided to start filming. The bear continued to follow me and was getting closer. When I was in a good position with the wind at my back and the bear coming close to me, I sprayed it with the bear spray. Thankfully the bear spray worked as designed and sent the bear running away.”

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