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Bear Spray Stories Part 5: Invaded Campsite

Bear Spray Stories, Travel Cartoons

Since I published the first bear spray story last year, I have had dozens of friends and strangers tell me their own stories of bear spray mishaps or send me links to bear spray accidents in the news. It seems that bear spray is used quite often, and almost never on a bear.

One friend, however, took it a step further and wrote a hilarious account of a time that a “bear” invaded a campsite in Glacier Bay National Park. Here is his harrowing tale:

Bear Spray Story Part 5: The Invaded Campsite

Written by Michael Augello

Cartoons by Jeff Bell

So, it was 2003, a bunch of Lodgies (a person who works at the lodge) wanted to go camping overnight in the Beardsley Islands. In order to get to the Beardsleys, one must kayak through the “cut,” a narrow passageway you can only get through during high tide. Unfortunately for my roommate and I, we had to work in the restaurant until close. High tide was at 3PM, and our shift started at 5pm. Our friends left around 2pm and began their journey into the enclosed waters.

Determined to go camping, my roomie and I decided to kayak through the cut during the day and hide our kayak in the woods at the far end of the Bartlett River Trail, a mile and a half hike from the lodge. That way, when we got out of work, we could simply hike the trail, jump in our kayak and search for our friends through the darkness.

After work, we hiked and arrived at our kayak around 11PM. After kayaking about an hour and half, we saw a small campfire in the distance.  As we approached, we realized everyone had already settled in for the night and instantly decided to terrorize them by secretly approaching and thrash around the tents as angry bears.

Bear Attacks Campsite Cartoon in Glacier Bay

As we hit their tents with branches and stomped around, we hid our laughter as our friends began to feel the fear of the great outdoors.

Bear Attacks Campsite Cartoon

As we became louder and closer the screams began. It wasn’t long before one of the brave campers started screaming “Where’s the bear spray?!

Glacier Bay Bear Attack Cartoon

In the darkness the search was difficult. As fear ripped into them the screams elevated and now we heard “WHERE THE F*** IS THE BEARSPRAY?!?!?”

Glacier Bay bear attack tent

Our muffled laughter turned to our own fear when someone said they got it.

Bear attack cartoon

We hit the tent one more time with branches before The Hero of the Night sprayed the bear spray out through the screen…

bear attacks tent cartoon

bear spray tent

bear attacks tent

backfiring into the tent and forcing everyone to run out of the tent directly into the mouths of hungry bears!!!

Marinated campers eaten by bears

Hahahaha.. of course it was not so funny in that moment for them, and after the anger subsided we stayed up the rest of the night joking and laughing. No one slept that night with such high energies and a tent uninhabitable. It was probably the best prank I’ve ever pulled! ~MA

So, who wants to go camping with Michael?

To catch up on the other bear spray stories, follow the links below:

Bear Spray Story Part 1: The Golden Grizzly Award

Bear Spray Story Part 2:  Almost Killed by Puppies

Bear Stray Story Part 3: Tear Gas

Bear Spray Story Part 4: Marinated Meatballs


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17 thoughts on “Bear Spray Stories Part 5: Invaded Campsite”

  1. Let me just say that had I been in that tent it would have taken me a long time to see the humour in the situation 🙂
    Great story though!

  2. MA and his friend should be very grateful it wasn’t me in the tent! I doubt they would be laughing yet! I bet you have enough stories you could write another blog and keep it going for ages with all the stories you’ve heard/received. Great cartooning BTW.

  3. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    Yet another story confirming the utter uselessness of bear spray!

    I think I’m going to email you the story of the time I was terrorized by a…. rabbit.

    • Thanks Lyle. I have heard a few more but I’m not sure they are full length post material. Maybe we will have a post of vignettes. Do you carry bear spray?

      • Vignettes sounds good too. I have bear spray and often have it around me in bear country. The enduring question is whether the theory of how it works would actually happen when a bear is charging toward me. I like to think so but your stories cast serious doubt. Do you?

      • I don’t carry it but I probably should. I’ve only come face-to-face with a bear once and I handled it really well – I took off running. Luckily, he kept on walking and paid no attention to me. There are a lot of bears in Glacier Bay and I think next year I will get some.

  4. Very cool post, Jeff. Even cool pictures (for not being your photographs or cartoons). What I’m wondering is if they have gecko spray because I have gecko stories but no gecko spray stories.

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