Man Survives Grizzly Attack in Alberta

The grizzly charged a Parks Canada employee while he was biking alone.
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The grizzly charged a Parks Canada employee while he was biking alone.

A Canadian wildlife specialist survived a close encounter with a grizzly bear Saturday while riding his bike alone on a popular Alberta trail.

Recounting the attack, Ethan Cardinal told the CBC that he heard the bear before he saw it and that the grizzly charged from the side. The bear pawed the Parks Canada employee in the back, knocking him from his bike, then tried to bite him. Fortunately for Cardinal, the bear chomped into a canister of bear spray inside his pack instead. The whole incident lasted about 10 seconds, Cardinal said.

Cardinal was treated for minor injuries, but escaped largely unscathed. Here he is describing the incident in further detail:

Read more: CBC