Bears typically don't attack people ... at least, that's what Casadi Schroeder thought. When a black bear stalked her campsite, she tried to scare him away. But this bear didn't run off into the woods. He charged right toward Casadi.
It happened in the summer of 2018 when her family went to a Bible camp in northern Canada to share about their upcoming move to the mission field of Thailand. They had heard there was a bear nearby.
"They let people know that he was around, but they weren't particularly afraid of it or everybody wasn't hiding out. And they just kind of went about their business, knowing that there was a bear there," says Casadi.
"Our kids were super excited about the weekend, to get to go camping and get to spend the weekend on the lake. We had three sessions that we were invited to share. We were the guest speakers for the weekend," she says.
When they arrived on Friday, their kids quickly discovered the uninvited guest right outside their cabin.
"I think it was my older son who was like, 'Mom, Mom, there's a bear out here.' And so we ran out there and, yeah, there was a bear, and it was kind of going in and out of—from like under our cabin."
They took the kids safely into the cabin, and eventually the bear wandered back into the wilderness. Casadi remembers, "They were alarmed that he wasn't scared off easily. They really had to chase him down and throw rocks at him, be very aggressive towards him."
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