Two bear attacks in as many days have triggered warnings and prompted more trail closures in Alberta.
A woman in her 20s was cycling with a friend along the Lowline Trail near the Nordic Centre Wednesday, when a bear approached the pair and charged at the woman. Her riding companion activated her bear spray and it fled. The woman was recovering from internal injuries in hospital Thursday.
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A Canmore bear expert said there has been a high frequency of bear and human conflicts. Tyler McClure with WildSmart said cyclists are particularly vulnerable.
It is considered berry season from now until the end of August. Conservation officials said you can expect bears to be foraging for the fruit along bike and walking trails.
Trail users said they’re used to seeing grizzlies and black bears roaming in the area.
Anika Fedorchuk, a long-time Canmore resident, said she runs into the animals “all the time” on her bike but has never had a problem. But she said she isn’t naive to the potential for a dangerous situation.
“These are scary and powerful animals and unpredictable if you scare them. We are in their territory, we have chosen to live here and people don’t understand that.”
Experts suggest making lots of human noises such as talking or singing while using the trails. They also recommend carrying bear spray.
Fish and Wildlife officials have temporarily closed the trail.
Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of bear encounters in Alberta