Near collision with a bear reported on Swine Flu Trail in Fernie

A mountain biker reported having a very close call with a bear as he was riding down Swine Flu on the weekend. He almost ran into the bear who was on one of the berms.

Mountain Bikers, remember that your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters with bears. Make noise to warn bears of your presence and slow down when approaching blind corners or where the line of sight is poor.

Carry bear spray in an accessible location and know how to use it. Canisters and holsters can be modified to fit onto bike frames or attached to the outside of camelbacks.

For more information on wildlife safety go to www.wildsafebc.com