NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A camper in a Canadian park discovered a black bear waiting outside of his tent and filmed his encounter with the curious animal.
David James Weale posted a nearly 15-minute-long video to YouTube showing the bear that faced him down through the mesh of his tent last week when he woke up at his campsite at British Columbia’s Capilano River Regional Park.
“I guess I startled him a little bit and then he came close and just started exploring the tent,” Weale told CTV News.
The video shows Weale and the bear watching each other through the thin mesh of the tent.
“I could feel that he wasn’t aggressive, he was more just curious, so that’s why I didn’t get too worked up myself. But it was still an exercise just to remain calm through that whole thing,” Weale said. “It was pretty wild.”
Experts praised Weale for remaining calm during the encounter, but he was criticized for giving food to the animal.
“The bear can become habituated very quickly, and if he gets a food reward that’s when there’s a real issue,” Provincial WildSafe British Columbia Coordinator Frank Ritcey told Global News.