Two trail runners picked up an unexpected partner near Alberta last week: a curious black bear. The bear tailed the duo for several minutes while they made a slow, cautious retreat. Watch the video below to see the tense scene play out:
Bear safety experts (including our own in-house pro) will tell you that this was exactly the wrong thing for the men to do. By walking backward, they risked triggering the bear's predatory instincts. A forceful, aggressive approach—waving your arms, shouting, and standing your ground—is usually enough to deter a black bear from the get-go.
Fortunately, the bottom line is that the encounter ended peacefully, with both bear and human living to fight another day.