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Hikers, mountain bikers asked to avoid Mount Seymour after bear chases cyclists

In an effort to give the bear space, the president of the North Shore Mountain Biking Association is asking people to stay away from the western flank of Seymour.

A black bear that followed 3 mountain bikers down a trail a week ago needs space, says mountain bike group

Outdoor enthusiasts are being asked to avoid the trails on the western flank of Mount Seymour where a bear recently chased a group of mountain bikers. (submitted by Brad Martyn )

The North Shore Mountain Bike Association is advising riders and hikers to stay away from the western flank of Mount Seymour after a black bear chased three cyclists down a trail a week ago.

"We'd like to give this bear a little space," said NSMBA president Cooper Quinn. "There's plenty of other trails on the Shore to ride or dog walk or take a hike on."

On Sept. 27, Brad Martyn captured helmet-cam video of the bear as it followed him and two friends down the black diamond TNT trail on Seymour.

After an anxious descent,  the men eventually stopped and chased the bear away by yelling and throwing rocks.

Quinn says the mountain bikers in the video shouldn't have tried to outrun the bear.

A group of mountain bikers were chased by a fast moving black bear as they rode down a black diamond trail on Mount Seymour. 1:09

"Instead of hopping on your bike and potentially triggering some kind of prey drive ... in a situation like that, number one is just make sure the bear knows you're human," said Quinn. "Talk to it and group together and slowly get out of the situation by backing away."

Others cyclists and hikers in the area have also spotted the bear. Quinn believes in the case of the mountain bikers, the animal was just defending its territory.  

Three mountain bikers say this black bear chased them down a black diamond trail on Mount Seymour. The scary encounter was captured on a helmet-mounted camera. (submitted by Brad Martyn)

"What we've seen is this bear appears to just be rather annoyed that humans are in the woods," he said. "I don't think that bear was displaying any predatory or super aggressive behaviour. It could have caught them if it wanted to."

The North Shore Black Bear Society is reminding people that this is the time of year when bears are most active, foraging for food up to 20 hours a day to gain weight for winter hibernation. 

Trail updates are being posted on Trailforks.com and Quinn advised people check the North Shore Mountain Bike Association website and North Shore Black Bear Society website for the latest.

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