Bear licks Quesnel, BC woman on hand
Melanie Porter was sitting on her porch in Quesnel, British Columbia, smoking a cigarette Thursday night when she saw a black shadow at the corner of her eye.
“It just kept getting closer and the moment I looked up there was a bear,” Porter said.
“He came straight up to me, right in front of me. And then he came over to the right side and literally licked my hand.”
She said that while the moment looked like a friendly dog curiously checking on a person, it was completely shocking that this was happening with a big bear.
“I froze in panic, but stayed calm because I didn’t want to make it worse.”
Then the bear came in for a second lick, Porter said.
“But her mouth was a little more open this time and I was like ‘no’. ‘ So I pulled my arm back and I guess I surprised him a little bit because then he backed up. And that’s when he decided to be right on his feet. behind, ”she said.
At this point, Porter, who had already pulled out his phone, took a picture and took a video of the bear standing on its hind legs inches from her.
“I was like, ‘no one is going to believe this.’ So I had to take a picture. “
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‘I am not dead. It’s a miracle’
From there, Porter said the bear got down on all fours and walked away, finally letting her breathe in relief.
“I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not dead.’ It’s a miracle.”
She said that although bears in her neighborhood in Quesnel – located between Prince George and Williams Lake – are commonly found rummaging through garbage cans, she has not personally encountered one so far.
She said the experience made her rethink the time she spent on her porch at night.
“Maybe now is a good time to try to quit smoking,” she said. “Maybe it is a sign.”