Black bear

Black bears can run 40 to 50 kilometres per hour. (Guy Chamberland)

A man from La Ronge, Sask., is thankful to be alive today after being chased down the street by a bear.   

Kevin Fontaine was taking a walk around town Tuesday evening when he came across a black bear.

He tried to take a picture of it and that's when it darted towards him.

"I did hear him right behind me, because there was a branch crunching right behind me. It was kind of a scary situation," he said.

The bear gave up the chase after Fontaine ran up to people walking their dogs.

Fontaine says there have been numerous bear sightings in La Ronge lately.

About 2,700 people live in La Ronge, which is about 250 kilometres north of  Prince Albert.