Mountain biker surprises mamma bear and cub on Deadfall trail in Fernie

Tuesday August 26. A mountain biker surprised a mamma bear and cub at close range last night on Deadfall trail in Ridgemont. “I guess I surprised them. She stood up on her hind legs as I came around the corner and started lip / jaw smacking and huffing. Then the cub took off and she ran after it so it all ended well.”

The bear reacted defensively, defending her cub, her space and her food. Mountain bikers, remember, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters. Make noise when approaching blind corners, areas where the line of sight is poor or by creeks and berry patches to warn wildlife of your presence.

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