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Bear Runs After Two Joggers in Alberta

A curious black bear tags along on a trail run.

by: Trent Knoss

image: YouTube
image: YouTube

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.  

(via Viral Viral Videos)


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