‘Once in a lifetime’, Port McNeill woman records video of battling bears atop tree

'Once in a lifetime', Port McNeill woman records video of battling bears atop tree
Youtube/Terry Eissfeldt
WatchTwo bears atop a tree in Port McNeill. Terry Eissfeldt captured the rare video from her home.

Terry Eissfeldt of Port McNeill calls it a once in a lifetime experience, and she captured much of it on video this past weekend.

While playing cribbage with her husband on “a quiet Saturday night”, Eissfeldt says her husband yelled, “get your camera!”

The couple watched as a young bear was sitting at the top of a tree, as frantic bald eagles with a nest below the bear swirled nearby.

Then, to their shock, a second and larger bear made an appearance, one they originally thought was its mother bear.

But Eissfeldt says a friend, who is a wildlife photographer and saw the video on her Youtube channel, told them the smaller bear was more likely chased up the tree by what appeared to be an aggressive bear.

Eventually, the second bear climbed its way down Saturday night, but the baby bear stayed on the high perch throughout the evening.

Eissfeldt got her camera rolling again early Sunday morning, and the bear was still there.

Eissfeldt said it was around 12:30 p.m that the bear finally made it’s way back down to earth.


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