Two trail runners picked up an unexpected partner near Alberta last week: a curious black bear.
After being noticed, 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 encounter ended peacefully and both bear and human lived to fight another day.
(via Viral Viral Videos)