Man gets a valu­able les­son from bluff­ing black bear

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A man says never again will he go for a back­coun­try run with­out bear spray af­ter a con­fronta­tion in B.C. Tom Coveney says he was run­ning near the an alpine re­sort, when he was chal­lenged by a black bear. He says it was “scary and sur­real” as he tried to get to safety while the bruin made three bluff charges. The speed of the bear amazed Coveney, who says run­ning away was the “dumb­est thing” he did. He reached safety, un­harmed and re­counted his half-hour or­deal to con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers, who said they may trap and re­lo­cate the bear. He’s just thank­ful it was just bluff­ing and cu­ri­ous, not hun­gry.

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