My dad and his wife, as I've mentioned in other articles, live off the grid on the western boundary of Glacier National Park, Montana. Just last week there was a grizzly in their front yard, and that wasn't the first time, of course.
Years ago, she was taking her dog for a long walk. She went down their "driveway" and onto the main dirt road (a road to nowhere except 50 miles south to town). She proceeded to walk with her dog down the main road and got to the part of the road that is in dense forest. As you can probably guess, a grizzly bear came out of the woods AFTER they had walked by.
So now she has a big dilemma. She cannot go up or down, because this segment of road has a steep bluff down into the woods, and an impossible climb up a mountainside. She also cannot walk toward the bear, who is now between her and the walk back to her home. But you aren't supposed to retreat either. With no other options, she slowly retreated.
The bear followed them down the road. Her dog, getting older, fortunately did not seem to respond to the bear, which could have instigated real trouble. She and her dog just kept walking and walking. She knew, in about one half mile, she would reach possible safety at the forest service cabin.
She made it there and immediately went inside the small outhouse, with her dog. As "luck" would have it, the grizzly decided this would be a great place to hang out and graze...for HOURS. Of course by now, my dad is getting worried and gets on the marine band radio to call for "neighbors" to help search for her. They come up empty handed...no one finds her.
Hours later, the bear finally goes away and my stepmom decides she must take the chance to get back home. She does make it home safely, where she ends up in bed for days from a serious migraine that hits, once home safe and sound.