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Bear hunted down injured cyclist
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Banff, Alta. — A cyclist mauled by a black bear on a mountain trail near this Rocky Mountain resort town was hunted down by the predatory bruin, the park's chief warden said Sunday.

“We heard he had been chased on the bicycle for a while,” said Ian Syme.

“We're not sure how far that was. Certainly at the time when you are chased like that things can seem to be a lot longer than they might be, but apparently he was chased.”

Greg Flaaten was airlifted to hospital in Calgary after the Friday night attack.

Mr. Syme said Mr. Flaaten was to undergo surgery.

“He had significant damage to tricep and bicep. I understand he probably had a broken scapula as well,” he said.

“I think the big factor here is the artery that runs into the arm was not injured and therefore circulation to his lower arm is still happening.

“They're doing reconstructive surgery on the bicep-tricep area.”

Family of the 41-year-old mountain biker could not be reached for comment.

It's believed he was mauled over a prolonged period on the heavily wooded Hoodoos-Bow River Trail east of the Banff townsite.

He was found around 8 p.m. by two other cyclists, who stopped when they spotted a bike and a broken helmet near the trail and then heard the victim calling for help.

Robert Earl said once he and fellow cyclist Robin Borstmayer realized the bear was between them and the victim, they knew they couldn't rescue him alone.

The pedalled to a nearby campground and called a park warden, who was dispatched along with an RCMP officer.

When they arrived, the bear was still pacing near Mr. Flaaten and refused to leave, forcing the warden to shoot it dead.

Mr. Syme said it's rare to see such a predatory attack, adding that 95 per cent of the time the bear runs away and if it attacks, it's doing so to protect itself or its cubs.

He estimated the bear weighed only about 63 kilograms — much less than the weight of a normal, healthy bear.

Mr. Flaaten was found a short distance from his bike, and there were dragging marks and signs of a struggle.

Mr. Syme said they haven't spoken to him yet and are waiting for test results on the bear to come back.

Mr. Flaaten was wearing headphones at the time of the attack.

Last June, 35-year-old Isabelle Dube was killed by a grizzly while she and some friends were out jogging while on a hiking trail.
 

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M.J. said:
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Bear hunted down injured cyclist
Canadian Press

Banff, Alta. — A cyclist mauled by a black bear on a mountain trail near this Rocky Mountain resort town was hunted down by the predatory bruin, the park's chief warden said Sunday.
I read a similar report on Canadian Cyclist last night. In that report, it mentioned the two passing cyclists stopped because they recognized the bike lying by the road and not because they heard the cyclist's plea for help.

M.J. said:
Mr. Syme said it's rare to see such a predatory attack, adding that 95 per cent of the time the bear runs away and if it attacks, it's doing so to protect itself or its cubs.

He estimated the bear weighed only about 63 kilograms — much less than the weight of a normal, healthy bear.
I'm sure that explains the bear's odd behavior.

I don't know whether headphones prevented a quick reaction from the cyclist, but I've experimented wearing headphones while biking and I think it's a bad idea. The same applies to cycling with a stuffy head cold. I've had some close calls that would have been my fault while cycling with a clogged sinus. It's a reminder to me that I use my ears a lot more than I ever thought while riding.
 

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I've met the guy that was attacked, and know one of the guy's that found him.
Thankfully he survived, and will hopefully fully recover. I ride that same trail fairly regularly, it's a very popular trail around here.
 
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galanz said:
I've met the guy that was attacked, and know one of the guy's that found him.
Thankfully he survived, and will hopefully fully recover. I ride that same trail fairly regularly, it's a very popular trail around here.
What trail was it?
 

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What a wuss... attacked by a 63kilo bear? It should have been an even match.

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True Story.

I knew this big tough guy that went to one of those little 3rd rate zoos. They had a real small bear (maybe a 100 pounds) in a cage on the ground. He sat down with his legs in a v shape towards the cage and starting putting peanuts on the ground so the bear would have to reach out for them between his legs. He kept making the bear reach further until the bear had his paw out as far as he could reach. The guy grabbed the bear's paw with both hands and locked his feet against the cage to hold the bear's leg out just to mess with the bear.

He said the bear looked him in the eye for a second and then pulled his leg and paw back through the cage so fast that he smacked his face on the cage and almost got knocked out.
 

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Would that "Big, Tough Guy" by any chance be you?

bigrider said:
I knew this big tough guy that went to one of those little 3rd rate zoos. They had a real small bear .......He said the bear looked him in the eye for a second and then pulled his leg and paw back through the cage so fast that he smacked his face on the cage and almost got knocked out.
?????
 

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MB1 said:

LOL! No that big tough guy wasn't me but if it was you know there isn't a chance in the world I would admit the truth.
 
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I'm not sure what the name is, but it's the trail that runs parallel Tunnel Mountain Drive. From the news reports it looks like where the power lines bisect the trail.
Wow, close in. I've seen bears in around there but thankfully not when I've been on the trail.

Ran into one out at Jim Smith last summer, thankfully it ran the other way.

Hope he is going to be OK.
 
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