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Black Bear Stalks Two Joggers in Canada for Several Terrifying Minutes: VIDEO


Bruce Allan was running with a friend in Matcheetawin Trails, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada when they came upon a Black Bear that proceeded to come after them for several intense, riveting minutes.

Though the general advice given to those who encounter a bear is to stand one's ground and to NEVER run or exhibit weak behavior, that advice (whether it was known to Allan or not) appeared to go out the window here. Of course, it's also much easier to judge someone else's reaction from the safety of a computer screen.

Thankfully, Allan was able to "resume workout" and return to his car. Next time (if there is one) we're assuming he'll remember to bring the Bear Spray.


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  1. Haha....resuming workout!

    Posted by: Will | Jun 16, 2014 10:00:07 AM

  2. Excuse me, but you have to be a moron to be running through woods new Fort McMurray Alberta and NOT have some sort of weapon... even a can of mace spray or SOMETHING!

    That's not people territory... it's bear country!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jun 16, 2014 10:11:17 AM

  3. It looked like a big cuddly thing that wanted to play. Seriously, if you are afraid of a gun at least bring along an air horn.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 16, 2014 10:13:12 AM

  4. I liked when they noticed the sign that said 'danger wild animals, use at own risk'. Those signs are everywhere in Canada you almost stop seeing them.

    Posted by: B. Wilson | Jun 16, 2014 10:14:15 AM

  5. I find bears are most aggressive after 1 a.m. Usually around last call. I've learned never to flee from them. Just stand your ground and say your primarily into Jocks.

    Posted by: Jonnycakes | Jun 16, 2014 10:19:55 AM

  6. the bear thing has actually been increasing of late, or just the reportage of it. they used to recommend that people, when walking in the woods, wear a bell or metallic-jangly thing to aurally *alert* bears of a human presence - as the bears don't want contact with humans.....well, turns out those bells acted more as a "Hi, come eat this elderly couple!" invitation.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 16, 2014 10:24:21 AM

  7. The guy taking the video did the right thing when he decided to run. He did not need to outrun the bear -- he just needed to outrun his friend.

    Posted by: TC | Jun 16, 2014 10:26:59 AM

  8. Carry spray! This appeared to be a young, curious bear (Which did not make the situation any less dangerous.). Future hiker/runners would have benefited from his learning that people stink bad.

    Posted by: KJ | Jun 16, 2014 10:47:42 AM

  9. The poor bear was probably lonely, eh.

    Posted by: terryp | Jun 16, 2014 11:06:49 AM

  10. Damn bear was looking for a hookup . As usual he just can't take no for an answer. This is why we can't get equality! Stop hitting on the straights!!

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 16, 2014 11:21:46 AM

  11. He just wanted cuddles!! Seriously tho I would have crapped myself and thus become unappealing.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 16, 2014 11:33:43 AM

  12. You can find black bears like this one in rural New Jersey, just a few miles outside New York City. Black bears have a natural fear of humans (for good reason) and are not considered to be dangerous predatory animals if you leave them alone and don't threaten them, especially if they are with cubs. This particular bear looks like he is used to being fed hand-outs by friendly Canadian hikers.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jun 16, 2014 12:14:13 PM

  13. Some comments are really HILARIOUS!!!

    Posted by: Michel | Jun 16, 2014 12:44:14 PM

  14. That's what you get for driving a Hummer!

    Posted by: hugo | Jun 16, 2014 12:48:19 PM

  15. They should have tried French, just in case.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 16, 2014 12:49:46 PM

  16. And the point of filming it was what?

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 16, 2014 12:51:10 PM

  17. That bear is fairly young and has no fear of humans because he's been fed on the trail by humans before and was looking for a handout. There are loud alarm apps one can get for their smartphone to ward off such animals - human or otherwise. The fact that these two "runners" had the temerity to video the bear for two minutes proves the animal was not much of a threat.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jun 16, 2014 1:00:26 PM

  18. If you didn't notice, the bear stops right when they get to the sign that basically says "you're an idiot if you come into these woods and don't expect to run into wild animals that may menace and eat you." He was just escorting these dumb 'nucks out. They should seriously stick to the gym where they can safely text their nonsense from a metric treadmill before they reload their arteries with toxic poutine.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jun 16, 2014 2:05:30 PM


    Posted by: doug105 | Jun 16, 2014 2:11:50 PM

  20. I think the way the bear was jumping onto the tree trunks they must have wondered into an area the bear had decided to make his territory.

    Posted by: mike85 | Jun 16, 2014 3:46:28 PM

  21. Rick Perry would've made mulch out of him. After sodomizing the corpse, that is.

    Posted by: Smoky | Jun 16, 2014 4:25:04 PM

  22. Rick Perry would've made mulch out of him. After sodomizing the corpse, that is.

    Posted by: Smoky | Jun 16, 2014 4:25:13 PM

  23. I just don't like bears--I mean, the ones in the animal kingdom.

    I know we're supposed to love all of God's creatures, but I don't like bears.

    They are big and clumsy, and they have no grace or charm whatsover. They are so UN-Gay (just like mice and rats, opossums and mosquitos).

    I like snakes more than I do bears.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 16, 2014 4:41:00 PM

  24. What a tense frikkin video! Smoky, I do believe you win the Internet today for your comment!!

    Posted by: Laurie | Jun 16, 2014 4:41:24 PM

  25. Actually, seeing the bear climb some trees was a good sign for them - grizzly bears, which are far more dangerous, don't climb trees.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 16, 2014 11:06:34 PM

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