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Grizzly bear charges at Alaskan tourists (Video)

Eric Pfeiffer
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In the above video, a wild Grizzly bear suddenly charges at a group of Alaskan tourists. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.

The group of 10 tourists was visiting Katmai National Park and was taking part in what was billed as a safe viewing of the Grizzly bears in their natural habitat, according to the Daily Mail. But one of the bears suddenly charged from its stream directly at the tourists, who were forced to sit in silence, lest they upset the bear further and provoke a potentially deadly attack. At one point, the bear reportedly got close enough to a tourist to sniff his hooded sweatshirt, before returning to the stream.

'We had a safety class beforehand about what to do if we encountered a bear," tourist Larry Griffith, 59, told the Daily Mail. "All the bears were catching fish when this particular bear circled our group several times, wanting us to leave his fishing spot. This was not supposed to happen. Our guide said he saw this as a bluff charge, trying to scare us, which he did! We were all in shock but were happy that no-one in our group jumped up, ran away or screamed for their lives."

Last December, a photograph by Michio Hoshino purportedly showing an impending fatal attack from a brown bear shortly before Hoshino's death went viral. However, although Hoshino was in fact killed by a brown bear in the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia in 1996, the picture was quickly revealed to be a hoax by the website Snopes.

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