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Alberta bear experts warn of conflicts with cyclists as woman recovers from attack

Bear experts warn of human encounters after Canmore cyclist attacked
WATCH ABOVE: Officials are warning Albertans that cyclists are particularly vulnerable to bear encounters after a Canmore woman was attacked. Jill Croteau has details on why there's a high probability of contact with bears right now.

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.

WATCH: Hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts are being warned to pay attention to bear warnings in place throughout southern Alberta. Doug Vaessen has details.

Bear warnings throughout Alberta mountain parks
Bear warnings throughout Alberta mountain parks

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.

“Cycling people are moving fast and moving quietly so it’s extra important we make noise to give them space,” McClure said. "We do have a high probability of coming into contact with them."

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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.

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Trail users said they’re used to seeing grizzlies and black bears roaming in the area.

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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.”

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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