Moun­tain bik­ers es­cape claws

Chased by bear in B.C.

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

VAN­COU­VER — Moun­tain bik­ers are be­ing ad­vised to steer clear of sev­eral pop­u­lar trails on Van­cou­ver’s North Shore af­ter an in­quis­i­tive black bear gave three cy­clists a scare.

The trio was on the western flank of Mount Sey­mour in North Van­cou­ver on Tues­day when they spot­ted the bear about 150 me­tres away on a log­ging road.

Brad Mar­tyn caught the chain of events on his hel­met-mounted video cam­era as he and two bud­dies de­cided to pedal down the black-di­a­mond-rated TNT Trail, but quickly found they could not shake off the bear.

Af­ter rid­ing down the chal­leng­ing trail for about a kilo­me­tre, Mar­tyn and his friends even­tu­ally scared the bear off when they changed tac­tics, hud­dled to­gether, lifted their bikes over their heads, and shouted and be­gan throw­ing rocks.

Sgt. Si­mon Gravel with the B.C. Con­ser­va­tion Of­fi­cer Ser­vice says that was the cor­rect re­sponse be­cause run­ning or cy­cling away from a bear can trig­ger the an­i­mal’s cu­rios­ity or its in­stinct to fol­low.

The North Shore Moun­tain Bike As­so­ci­a­tion says in so­cial me­dia posts that cy­clists should use some of the other trails in the re­gion “for a bit,” be­cause the bear “needs some space dur­ing this pre-win­ter pe­riod if he’s go­ing to sur­vive his big­gest threat — hu­mans.”

The con­ser­va­tion ser­vice says no in­ter­ven­tion is planned be­cause, at this point, there’s no cause for con­cern about the be­hav­iour of the bear.

Jonathan HAY­WARD/CP files

Three cy­clists were chased by a bear on a trail in North Van­cou­ver this week.

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