Mary Maley’s 107-mile Alaskan kayak trip was recently cut short after a black bear ate her boat — right after she thanked the bear for not doing that very thing.
Maley had pulled her ocean kayak onto the shore of Berg Bay and entered a public-use U.S. Forest Service cabin when the bear interrupted her plans for the day.
“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,” she wrote in the YouTube description of the video she posted Tuesday. “I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well I never got to go on that hike.”
Maley grabbed her bear spray and started recording as a black bear wandered around near her kayak.
In the video, the animal appears uninterested in the boat, so Maley thanks the bear for leaving her kayak alone.
But as the bear gets closer to where she stands by the cabin, Maley says, “I'm going to pepper-spray you in the face. That’s what I’m going to do with you.”
Upon taking a face full of bear spray, the animal backs away and sets its sights on the delicious-looking green kayak.
For the next two minutes, Maley yells at the bear. “No! Get away from the kayak!”
She questions its behavior. “Why are you breaking my kayak? Why are you doing that?"
She pleads with it. “Bear, please stop breaking my things. It's not even food. It doesn’t even taste good. It's just plastic.”
She even informs it that it’s not supposed to be here. “It's September. Why are you here? You're supposed to be asleep."
However, the bear remains unaffected by Maley’s shouts and completely unimpressed by her hibernation knowledge.
Maley wrote that the bear continued to snack on her boat for about 20 minutes before lumbering off, leaving her with a far-from-seaworthy kayak and forcing her to swim out to nearby sailing vessel to hitch a ride.
While Maley was correct that black bears often do begin hibernating in September, they typically only do so when food is scarce. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, black bears in warmer, coastal regions like Berg Bay may even hibernate for as little as two months.