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Canadian joggers run from black bear

Canadian Joggers Run From Black Bear

Hopefully your morning jog wasn't this scary.

Two Canadian men's heart rates really spiked when they noticed a black bear stalking them. The bear followed them for approximately five minutes before the men were able to sprint to their vehicle.

The joggers tried retreating, yelling and even pleading with the bear to get it to leave them alone, but nothing seemed to work. HLN / CTV reports:

"The moment that I met the bear, it was an instant turn around, don't make eye contact, walk away - and that didn't seem to work," said one of the joggers.

"Stay together. We'll look bigger together," one man said to the other during the ordeal.

At one point, they even grabbed a rock, fearing an attack.

One of the joggers, Bruce Allan, told CTV: "I was ready for him to pretty much pounce on me at any time. For about three or four minutes, I figured, 'What part of me is going to get gouged or ripped open?'"

Fortunately, the bear opted to climb a tree instead, giving the men a chance to sprint to safety.

Their decision to retreat in the first place might have done more harm than good, though. The Huffington Post quoted the Get Bear Smart Society, which offers this advice: "If the bear follows you and its attention is clearly directed at you, then stand your ground and prepare to use your deterrent. A bear that is initially curious or testing you may become predatory if you do not stand up to it."

If you have a close encounter with a bear, the society advises you to shout, stomp your feet, make yourself as large as possible and look the animal in the eyes to let it know you will fight back if attacked.

That advice sounds perfectly good, but we might just stick to the treadmill.

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onionson June 18 2014 at 5:59 AM

I live in bear country and can tell you the "Get Bear Smart Society" forgot to mention the number one rule when two or more encounter a bear. You don't have to out run the bear, you only have to out run the slowest person.

They also forgot the number 2 rule. Shouting and stomping your feet or playing dead are way below rule 2 which is to carry at least a .44 mag when playing in bear country. In fact, making noise before you see one is better than waiting till after you see one.

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kent_hern June 18 2014 at 8:02 AM

People are much more vicious than black bears, poor little guy was probably scared to death.

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onionson kent_hern June 18 2014 at 3:21 PM

Yes, I'm more scared of vicious humans than your average black bear but I doubt he was scared by the guys. Only a bigger bear could do that.

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joper201 kent_hern June 18 2014 at 10:00 PM

You're nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mgkz28 June 18 2014 at 12:11 PM

sign in state forest
Grizzly bear country carry peppersray and bells make lots of noise to let bears know where you are.
how do you tell the diffrence between black bear poop and grizzly bear poop !
black bear poop is full of beerries and acorns grizzly bear poop smells like peper and has bells in it

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candlesforpeace mgkz28 June 18 2014 at 7:15 PM

that's funny mike

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raidersetc June 18 2014 at 9:09 AM

Male black bears in Canada can stalk you as prey . If you "play dead" you are actually offering yourself as a menu item .

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leslie June 18 2014 at 7:42 AM

Didn't know bears eat frogs?

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frank cutler June 18 2014 at 7:12 AM

not in Canada you can,t own or carry a handgun the liberals run the country

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Velocity105 June 18 2014 at 10:46 AM

So they in fact, did everything opposite what experts tell you to do to ward off an attack, lol. And still got off.

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treshipp June 18 2014 at 1:43 PM

First: Black bears are omnivors and are looking for an easy meal. They would prefer to eat your lunch, not you, and are GENERALLY not aggressive toward people. In my area the majority of their diet is acorns.

IF, however, you encounter a Grizzly, Kodiak, Polar, or almost any other kind of bear, the stand your ground technique is incorrect. I have personally chased off black bears, three times my size, with nothing more than shouting and clapping my hands. Try that with a grizzly and you are most likely lunch.

The solution is to know where you are, know what wildlife you are likely to encounter and know what to do should you encounter it. These runners obviously didn't have a clue, must have thought they were at the health club.

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fennris June 18 2014 at 2:25 PM

It's a pretty good workout, great for getting the heart rate up and can be accompanied by dramatic and abrupt weight loss in meaty areas.

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Jim June 18 2014 at 2:32 PM

Sounds to me like the bear was simply curious. I don't see anything in this description that hints of aggression. He finally got bored with the runners and climbed a tree.

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