“Bear! Bear! You’re breaking my kayak. Why are you doing that? Why are you breaking my kayak?” shrieked Mary Maley. After spraying the black bear with pepper spray, the bear sought vengeance on Mary’s kayak, and didn’t listen to her instructions. The video has now gone viral, partly because of what the bear did, but more because of her reaction.

Some of her best gems include, “It’s the end of September. You’re supposed to be asleep. Why are you here?”, and, “It’s not even food. It doesn’t even taste good. It’s just plastic.”

From Mary’s YouTube post: “During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alask, a bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska. I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the cabin to dry while I went on a 4 mile hike that begins just behind the cabin. I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well, I never got to go on that hike. This video is taken 5 minutes after the attack began, he continued to gnaw on it for another 5 or 10 after the video ends. Shortly after the bear left and I drug the kayak back to the cabin door step. Then I swam to the S/V anchored in the bay. They did not have their radio on and I feared I would be stranded! The German flagged S/v Caledonia took me and my things to Wrangell where I am trying to repair my kayak now.”

 

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