A family in the Kootenay region of southwestern Canada witnessed “a National Geographic moment” on Friday, October 1. While walking to school in a residential neighborhood of Windermere, British Columbia, Christine DuBois and her children watched a black bear kill and start to eat a doe “right in front of us.” DuBois was not able to record the epic kill on camera, but she did capture compelling footage of the bear dragging the deer carcass across the road, which she posted on Facebook.
“[The bear] chomped on [the deer] for 15 min or so then proceeded to drag the deer from Lake Street to Hidden Bay,” writes DuBois. “You can see the trail of blood across the roads in Windermere today.”
Black bears are known to be opportunistic feeders, which means they will take advantage of whatever food becomes available to them. That said, bears are primarily foragers and scavengers, feeding on anything from berries and plant roots to road-killed animals. Black bears do actively hunt but typically take down young fawns and not full-grown deer like the one in DuBois’s video.
“We just thought the deer and bear were running together…then boom he has him on the ground,” she told Info News.ca. “A house was blocking it so we didn’t see the full takedown, but when we turned the corner, the bear had deer on the ground, was biting it, and the deer was kicking its legs.”
DuBois saw the bear again later that morning near the city’s cemetery and warned other residents to be wary of it, noting that she doesn’t think “you want to mess with getting between this bear and his meat.” She also took additional footage of the bear continuing to drag the mangled deer around.
DuBois told Info News.ca that before the encounter, her young daughter had been yearning to see a bear after her brother had spotted a few over the summer. “We were really excited to finally see the bear in person,” she said. “I said [to my daughter] ‘I think you got a little bit more than you bargained for.'”