A woman in Coquitlam, British Columbia had a close encounter with a black bear while on a popular hiking trail. Now, conservation officers have closed the area, CBC Canada reports.
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Was the bear acting aggressively, putting the woman in potential danger? Or was the ol’ chap just saying hello?
This encounter happened just after 11 a.m. on Saturday and was filmed by Sam Abdullah, a local who climbs the popular Coquitlam Crunch up to four times a week. The trail is a steep 2.2-kilometer climb located in a green corridor of the city according to CBC Canada. Abdullah told the CBC he was nearing the top on Saturday when a woman descending in front of him froze as a black bear emerged from the bushes.
He began filming the encounter on his cellphone, and the video shows the bear getting closer to the woman and eventually extending a paw to her leg before jumping back.
“I think she was in shock and she just froze there, you know,” Abdullah said, who carries bear spray when he climbs the trail.