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Man On Bike Hits Bear...Again

OK, if this happens one more time, I'm going to declare it an epidemic: A Montana teacher is recovering from a bike crash with a black bear. This happens only a few scant months after a Boulder man also ran into a black bear while out for a ride.

Jim Litz said he was traveling about 25 mph Monday morning when he came upon a rise and spotted a black bear about 10 feet in front of him. He didn't have time to stop and T-boned the bruin.

He tumbled over the handlebars, his helmet hit the bear's back and the two went cartwheeling down the road.

The bear rolled over Litz's head, cracking his helmet, and scratched his back before scampering up a hill above the road.

People, can we please watch out for the bears while on the bike? I want to have a kickass cocktail party story, too, but hitting bears on a bike is about to become the new black.

— Ted Alvarez

Teacher OK after crashing into bear on a bicycle (AP)

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Missoula Resident
Sep 21, 2008

Ted Alvarez-Jim did indeed hit the bear. If you could see where he lives you would understand. Jim has the utmost respect for bears in particular, and wild life in general. Don't knock it. Good luck with your cocktail party. It won't compare.

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