Travelers on a guided hike in Alaska captured the moment when two bears went face-to-face on their hind legs.
Two bears chased each other down, got on their hind legs and began growling at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
They were facing off when hiker Alison Monda pulled out her camera. The hikers came within feet of the bears, video shows.
“That’s terrifying but awesome,” one person said on Monda’s Instagram post of the video.
Monda said her guide told them to get even closer to the animals before the encounter happened.
“My guide wanted to get us close, ended up almost on top of us,” Monda said on Instagram. “Got a guide service to fly me in on a bush plane and hike me around.”
It’s not clear why the bears were acting that way, but they could’ve been scared by a plane that flew overhead in the area, Monda told Storyful.
“They took off after each other right in front of us,” Monda told Storyful.
Tourists should stay alert, be visible and make noise to stay safe near bears. If it’s possible, hikers should change their course to avoid bears and should travel in groups within a few feet of each other.
Any conflict with a bear should be reported to the National Park Service, even if it’s minor.
“It is likely that bears and campers will encounter one another,” the National Park Service said. “But by remaining calm and following the basic advice of experienced bear behaviorists, you increase the odds of a positive outcome for both you and the bear.”