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Hiker attacked by black bear, North Vancouver trail closed

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B.C. conservation officers spent Friday afternoon hunting a bear that charged and took a swipe at a hiker on a popular trail in North Vancouver. The man's thigh was cut, though he was otherwise unharmed. Nadia Stewart has the details. – May 21, 2021

Conservation officers were called to North Vancouver Friday after a hiker was attacked by a bear.

North Vancouver RCMP said it was called after five people encountered the bear on St. George’s and Peer Gynt Trail from the Upper Lonsdale area to Mt. Fromme.

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“They encountered a bear on the trail that displayed some aggressive behaviour towards them they were trying to get away and the bear followed them,” Sgt. Peter DeVries said.

“This was one of those standard bear encounters that sometimes happens on the North Shore Mountains.”

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service said a man suffered minor injuries to his leg after being clawed by the bear, and that no one else was injured.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said paramedics assessed one person for minor injuries, but that they were not taken to hospital.

The Conservation Officer Service’s predator attack team remained on scene Friday evening searching for the bear.

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The trail is closed and people are being asked to avoid the Mt. Fromme area for at least 24 hours.

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