Idaho Bear Chase Biker

It was the summer of bears in Idaho. It seems like every week we read reports of bears that have gone wild in Gem State. Again, bears live in the wild. We now have a report of a bear chasing a biker in Idaho, according to a Facebook from the US Forest Service for Caribou-Targhee National Forest which KSL picked up.

Luckily for the biker, the bear didn’t catch him. Authorities speculated that the “Mama Bear” was protecting her young family.

Earlier this year, we reported on a number of bear sightings in urban areas, including Boise. You can read this story here. Here is an excerpt from this article on what to do if you are faced with a bear of any size.

  • Defend your territory: Never back up, lie down or play dead. Keep calm and give the bear a chance to go. Prepare to use your bear spray or other deterrent.
  • Don’t run away and climb a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers and can run up to 35 mph – you can’t overtake or outrun them.
  • Know the behavior of bears. If a bear stands up, growls, whines, or makes other sounds, it is not aggressive. These are the means by which a bear gets a better look or smell and expresses interest.
  • If a black bear attacks, always retaliate. And never give up! People successfully defended themselves with almost everything: stones, sticks, backpacks, water bottles and even their hands and feet.

Here are others advice courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture. Hopefully we can all avoid the fate of an Idaho man who was maimed by a bear but lived to tell his story here.

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