The pair were able to find safety in an old hunter's shack until police arrived and scared the aggressive bruin away with their siren.
Lindsay Jones, 25, and Nikki Latta, 23, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. they were hiking Monday evening and noticed a passing dog become spooked and run off. "I looked up at Lindsay and there's the bear, standing literally 5 feet behind her," Latta recalled. "Our hearts stopped. We couldn't believe what we were seeing."
Reality, however, set in quickly and the two friends began running, ditching their flip-flops so they could go faster barefoot. "I thought that was it," Latta said. "It's following us. It's not scared, it's hungry. It's going to eat us."
Yelling and sounding aggressive didn't seem to phase the black bear, which remained on their heels until they came upon the shack. They broke a window and quickly climbed inside, cutting themselves on the glass.
Latta and Jones phoned police from the shack, but could not give dispatchers its exact location. It took officers 2 hours to find them as the bear prowled around the hut, pawing at the door and even reaching through the broken window.
The CBC said the two women commemorated their frightening adventure by getting matching bear paw tattoos.
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