A lot of people worry about wild animals, and they feel that it’s not safe to travel into the backcountry. However, almost all wild animals actively avoid humans, and as this tory illustrates, carrying and knowing how to use bear spray will help you a lot. I wish that people were much safer on city streets, where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists are injured and killed almost every week!
A man sustained minor injuries after he walked around a corner and surprised a bear in the Jumpingpound area of Kananaskis Country.
On Wednesday morning, an Alberta Environment and Parks employee was travelling north from the Canyon Creek trail to Jumpingpound Ridge trail when he left a group to check out another area where they were working.
“He came around the corner and saw a bear,” said Brendan Cox, a spokesman for Alberta Fish and Wildlife. “The bear charged him.”
The man was able to grab his bear spray and use it on the bear, which made it run away. He suffered only a twisted ankle when he fell.
Cox said it’s unknown whether it was a black bear or a grizzly bear — although it was described as a dark bear with brownish fur so he expects it was a black bear.
Officials are treating the incident as a defensive attack, which means the bear…
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