Watch a Bicyclist Swerve Right Off His Path When He Comes Face-to-Face With a Bear

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 5, 2023

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Being able to prepare for coming face to face with a predator is intimidating and fearful. One of the good things about seeing a predator is that you have time to react and respond just as you should. However, what about those situations where you don’t know you’re about to come face to face with danger? And you have no opportunity to react. No chance to fight or fight? Well, we see a situation similar to this below!

Black Bear Vs. Bicyclist

At the start of this video, we see a bicyclist traveling down a dirt path in the woods alone. This was like any other day for this bicyclist. He found a new path through the woods, and he wanted to take this adventure. Some new challenge to give himself. 

However, this experience is not exactly what he signed up for. As he’s biking down the path, we get to 2:02, and just as he’s turning a corner, we see an enormous black bear just up ahead! This startled this bicyclist so much that he crashed into the bushes and fell off his bike. This bicyclist had no warning. He gets up quickly from his fall, and we see him turning his bike and going the other way, away from the potential danger. 

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A Polar Bear, The white bear is center frame. looking toward the camera. The bear's head is frame left, it is standing on ice/snow, swimming-pool-blue water is visible in the background.

Polar bears are the world’s largest extant bears.

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While we may imagine all bears being equal in our eyes. Giant beasts who weigh thousands of pounds have long and sharp claws and teeth that can tear flesh from our limbs. Okay, this was romanticized largely by Hollywood. All bears are not like this, and all bears are not the same size. This brings us to look at the different species there are of bears. 

The adorable-sounding Bear With Us organization shares that there are eight species of bear. 

  1. North American Black Bear – (Ursus americanus)
  2. Brown Bear – (Ursus arctos)
  3. Polar Bear – (Ursus maritimus)
  4. Asiatic black bear – (Ursus thibetanus)
  5. Andean Bear – (Tremarctos ornatus)
  6. Panda Bear – (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
  7. Sloth bear– (Melursus ursinus)
  8. Sun Bear – (Ursus malayanus)

The largest of these bears is the polar bear. The polar bear weighs anywhere from 330-1,322 pounds (150-600 kilograms). And reaches a height of 6.5-8.3 feet (2-2.5 meters.) Polar bears are aggressive bears and ones to watch out for.

According to Arctic WWF, “As powerful predators, polar bears pose a major risk to human life and property…In recent years, more than 20 direct attacks on humans have been reported within the polar bear’s range.”

In essence, we need to be careful when we come across bears, just as this bicyclist did.


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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