Aggressive light brown colored black bear on Coal discovery Trail in Fernie chases 2 mountain bikers

Saturday 7 pm. 2 Mountain bikers were allegedly attacked on Coal discovery Trail on Friday evening and used bear spray in self defence. The bear spray knocked the bear back. The bikers retreated with the bear and 2 cubs in pursuit.

Mountain bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters with wildlife and other trail users. Make noise to avoid surprising wildlife and other trail users at close range, travel in groups and carry bear spray. For more info on wildlife safety visit

All incidents involving aggressive behaviour and a potential safety risk must be reported to the Conservation Officer Hotline on 1-877-952-7277 ASAP.