SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

Man Survives Grizzly Attack in Alberta

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

by: Trent Knoss

image: Wikimedia
image: Wikimedia

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


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
Margaret
Jul 05, 2014

Star Star Star Star Star
Jerry W Doyle
Jul 04, 2014

An important bear avoidance technique is never to surprise a bear. This is where mountain bikers are vulnerable because they are moving swiftly along the trails on their bikes, so swiftly that they easily can run right up on a bear before the bear knows what is happening. Consequently, the natural reaction of the bear is to attack in its' defense for self-preservation. Conversely, in the backcountry mountain bikers also are vulnerable to attacks by mountain lions who see a mountain biker moving rapidly through the forest as running prey to pursue. In summary, similar to hikers and backpackers, one increases his/her protection against animal attacks by riding with other bikers and making noise to alert animals along the path of human approach. We know, though, just as there are solo backpackers and hikers (and I am one of them) there always will be solo mountain bikers. In these instances it becomes ever more incumbent on us to make as much noise as possible to alert wild animals of our presence.

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Blood in the streets of DC
Posted On: Jul 31, 2014
Submitted By: double cabin
Trailhead Register
Mile, Mile and a half
Posted On: Jul 31, 2014
Submitted By: GoBlueHiker

Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions