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Hiker rescued from BWCA after incident with bear spray

Bob Klaver steps from the float plane onto a dock at Hungry Jack Lake. Photo by Carl from Rockwood Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
Bob Klaver steps from the float plane onto a dock at Hungry Jack Lake. Photo by Carl from Rockwood Lodge & Canoe Outfitters

A man who accidentally sprayed himself with a canister of bear spray was taken by float plane to the shores of Hungry Jack Lake Wednesday, Sept. 5 after being rescued from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Bob Klaver is a resident of Ames, Iowa. He was hiking a section of the Border Route Trail in the Middle Gunflint Trail area when the incident took place just after Labor Day Weekend. Klaver started his trek on the Daniels Spur Trail off of Clearwater Road. After backpacking for several days along the Border Route Trail, he then followed a rough section of trail to a campsite at Partridge Lake. It was there that Klaver’s canister of bear spray was accidentally deployed when it caught on a tree branch. The spray covered Kalver’s torso and got in his eyes, temporarily blinding him for several hours.

Klaver then opted to remain on the shores of Partridge Lake and wait for a search and rescue team to find him rather than risk becoming lost in the dense forest surrounding the lake. After friends of Klaver’s in Iowa notified local law enforcement that he was missing, a float plane found Klaver in the afternoon of Sept. 5.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Klaver about his experience. 
 

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