It would have been better if she had shot the bear. It is obviously a problem bear that will either be shot now or cause some serious problems and be shot later. She did not have a gun, perhaps because of all the propaganda in the Schools and the media.
As for talking to the bear, how many of us have talked to inanimate objects when under stress?
“Come on car, just make it to the next exit! Come on baby, I promise I have get you tuned up and an oil change!”
This may be a wake-up call for her.
Any woman that is doing a long distance solo sea kayak trip, is no wall flower.
I would like to meet her (and teach her to shoot, if she does not know, already).