A recent incident involving an Alberta bear attack left a hiker defenceless. \nAccording to an email sent to Narcity by Alberta Environment and Parks, a 61-year-old male hiker was walking through the woods near Pasque Mountain on Tuesday, September 29, when he came across a mother bear and her cubs. \nThe mother bear allegedly swatted the hiker and knocked him down to the ground. He didn't have time to use his bear spray. A good reminder to keep it out and readily accessible. \nEditor's Choice: This Is The 'Tragic Reality' Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women In Alberta\n\n\n“\n\n\nWe know that a female bear with a cub is going to attack to protect her cub\n\n\nChelsey Chapman, Alberta Environment and Parks spokesperson \n\n\n\nThe man then put his arm up and the bear grabbed him by the elbow. \nThe hiker began playing dead and eventually, the bear dropped him and ran off. \nHe laid there for about 10 minutes before getting up and walking 30 minutes back to the car to take himself to the hospital. \nThe spokesperson with Alberta Environment and Parks said playing dead when being attacked by a mother grizzly defending her cubs will work but will not come in handy during a predatory bear attack.\nAlberta is known for bear sightings and two of the nation's toughest bears including Split Lip and The Boss both come from the province. \nThis article's cover photo is for illustrative purposes only.