An American tourist was trying to do some sight-seeing in British Columbia this month when she got the scare of a lifetime. While going for a run in Whistler, British Columbia, Sherry Moore stopped to take a selfie on a trail, when she ended up getting chased by a black bear. Fortunately, Moore was able to get away from the bear unharmed.
Sherry Moore, a native from Colorado was in Canada for a few days to visit friends when she decided to go for a run throughout some trails in Whistler. Being an avid hiker, she saw no problem in heading through some of the trails by herself.
However, in a Youtube video that Moore posted, she states that she stopped during her run to take a selfie by some boulders which reminded her of home, when she spotted a black bear climb down from the rocks and onto the trail.
Moore claims that she immediately started to back up, trying to keep a safe distance from the bear as it continued making its way throughout the trail. As she continued to back up away from the bear, she managed to catch some footage of the creature, which is shown below.
In the video, you can clearly see that Moore continues to back away from the bear when it suddenly starts to charge at her. Moore states that the bear ended up standing on its two hind legs and started 'chomping its teeth' in her face.
At that moment, Moore decided to stand her ground. She states that she stood completely still while yelling "No, back away! Get down!"
Thankfully, that seemed to do the trick and the bear slowly backed up and retreated back into the bushes. Moore was able to get away from the incident completely unharmed.
However, Moore hasn't been the only one to encounter a black bear while out and about. According to WildSafeBC, British Columbia has the highest population of black bears in the world, and sightings are constantly being reported to authorities.
According to British Columbia Parks if you encounter a bear the best thing to do is to stay calm. Attempt to back away from the bear slowly and do not make eye contact.
If a bear starts charging you are advised to not run. Instead, use bear spray or any other weapons you have to scare the bear away, such as rocks, sticks, etc. As a last resort, you can also play dead, resulting in the bear losing interest and leaving.