Video: Mountain Biker Recalls Fighting off Grizzly Bear with Pocket Knife

Aug 2, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Caution: graphic content

A Vancouver mountain biker has recalled a recent encounter with a grizzly bear that left him near death.

Colin Dowler was exploring routes on Mount Doogie Dowler, named after his grandfather, when he saw the bear lumbering up the road towards him. Unsure of what to do, Dowler stood his ground and tried banging a hiking pole against his bike frame. When that didn't work, he prodded the bear on the forehead with the same pole and even tried reasoning with it. He recalls saying: "We don’t have to have a problem here. Everything’s OK.”

Dowler then threw his backpack on the ground as it had food in it but the relentless bear ignored it. It swiped at him then dragged him to a ditch about 50 feet away. Dowler describes how he tried to eye gouge the bear and prize open its jaws but these tactics seemed to have little effect. The bear was biting him on the abdomen, hands and both legs, Dowler says the sound he remembers most of all was bones grinding on teeth.

Thankfully, Dowler remembered he had a knife in his pocket, a gift from his father just a few weeks before, and managed to retrieve it from his side and stab the bear in the neck. The bear let go of him immediately but remained metres away from him and despite its deep wound, kept its attention on him. He said, “I wasn’t really sure if it was dying faster than I was or what was going on." He then cut a section of his sleeve using the same knife as a tourniquet for his deeply lacerated thigh.

The knife Dowler used to fend off the bear. Photo: Screenshot CBC News.

He mounted his bike, losing track of the bear in the process, and rode seven kilometres, while bleeding profusely, to a logging camp, where he collapsed immediately. The loggers called for help and Dowler was airlifted to hospital, where he spent his 45th birthday on Tuesday.

In the following days, rangers set about tracking the bear but there was a final twist in the tale as they soon realised the bear was tracking them and eventually came within metres of them. Sgt. Dean Miller of the BC Conservation Officer Service told CTV News, “It was definitely a little threatening. It actually probably stalked us for about half an hour while we were thinking we were stalking it – it was just happenstance that one of the officers actually picked up on the bear’s odour from behind us and alerted the second officer who then destroyed the bear.”

The bear was determined to be between four and five years old and in healthy condition.

Dowler is expected to make a full recovery from the attack.

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178 Comments

  • + 92
 Way to live Colin, glad we're not talking about your funeral and how great a guy you were. Way to fight it off, but you probably got attacked on account of your 26 inch wheels though.
  • + 38
 Brutal 26er roast
  • + 21
 @tobiusmaximum: There are no rules in the wheel-size hate game. All out savagery.
  • + 1
 Buddy just finishing off the bear's work holy smokes hahaha
  • + 68
 I'm just shocked talking reasonably with the bear didn't work. A Canadian bear, no less.
  • + 45
 The legend says the Canadian bear was following the rangers to tell them he was sorry for the incident
  • + 4
 Don’t you mean ‘sorey ’?
@zede:
  • + 4
 @dphowar: sorry with an O, like its supposed to be pronounced?

"SARRY ABAUT THAT" - muricans Big Grin
  • + 66
 I don’t even dare to fight my wife
  • + 130
 i mean, would you rather fight a large wild animal with stocky legs, claws, shaggy thick hair and enlarged snout...or a bear?
  • + 16
 Lmfao yeah I choose the bear @rocky-mtn-gman:
  • + 15
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Bear any day of the week. At least I have a chance of winning.
  • + 43
 HO
LYYYY
FUUUUCK!!!!
some body tell Joe Rogan. He'd love this Big Grin
  • + 6
 They probably sent Cam to assassinate the bear
  • + 33
 'Jamie pull that up'
  • - 6
flag insanemntbiker (Aug 2, 2019 at 10:41) (Below Threshold)
 Well boys, this is the result of the ballot controlling wildlife, and NOT wildlife biologists... Good on this dude for, at least, carrying a pocket knife in grizz country. I would not be at all surprised if he is fined for "killing" a grizz. All in all, props to the guy for surviving.
  • + 39
 What colossal badass this guy is!
  • + 72
 Di Caprio just called, he wants to return his oscar.
  • + 27
 @Jim-laden: it's amazing what incredible strength and determination a man can have when his life is on the line, knowing that he might die and never get the chance to delete the internet history on his phone.
  • + 3
 @rocky-mtn-gman: hard men with hard secrets.
  • + 26
 The following are some good tips when you encounter a bear:

"My dearest bear, I humbly request that you refrain from doing me physical harm." (Manners will get you everywhere with bears.)

"I am also a bear!" (Classic fakeout)

"The ground is lava!" (This will cause the bear to climb the nearest tree. To maintain the illusion, you must also climb a tree. Now you're stuck in a tree but, hey, it's better than getting mauled by a bear.)

"You better have my money, bear!" (The bear doesn't have your money. Hopefully, it will feel awkward enough about it to avoid you.)

"Just a heads up, there's a bear about 200 feet down the trail." (The bear will thank you for the tip and carry on its way.)

"What's that over there?" (The bear will look over its shoulder, giving you time to escape.)

"Bear! I haven't seen you since... college? What have you been up to?" (This will make the bear feel uncomfortable as it struggles to remember you, and it will search for excuses to leave.)

Just belt out Nickelback. (Bears probably hate it as much as you do.)

"Protego!" (On the off-chance that you're a wizard)

“You shall not pass!” (On the off-chance that you're that other kind of wizard)

“Ooh, a bear-type Pokémon! Gotta catch ‘em all!” (Drawback: bear may want to battle you.)

"Oh you're just in time, I was about to explain why The Matrix may not be as far-fetched as you think.” (Your hiking partners might run too. Use with caution.)
  • + 27
 “...and alerted the second officer who then destroyed the bear.”
What does “destroyed” exactly means?
  • + 75
 killed with death, unfortunately
  • + 88
 Armbar for TKO
  • - 57
flag Odinson (Aug 2, 2019 at 3:50) (Below Threshold)
 PC way of saying that the bear was killed for no good reason.
  • + 82
 The bear was shot, probably with a rocket-propelled grenade.
  • + 58
 @Odinson: the reason is that it was stalking humans.
  • + 137
 Bear was made to ride 71 degree HTA hardtail with 9mm QR fork down the hill.
  • + 9
 @Odinson: There's no saying for certain, but that bear could have been overly agressive towards humans or viewed us as a food source. Regardless, tough decision.
  • - 11
flag teor (Aug 2, 2019 at 4:04) (Below Threshold)
 @j-t-g: then there are many more animals to kill out there...
  • + 69
 It means the Bear was shot and killed due to the fact that it was displaying aggressive behavior without being provoked and it was stalking humans which is not normal behaviour.
  • - 1
 Probs hit it with a high powered round in the face
  • + 98
 put simply, the second officer just ripped into him in front of the other humans with a short standup routine. Yo mama jokes etc, Offensive stereotype mimicry of the bear and it's ancestors and the like. Play ground stuff, but it's effective. The bear becomes so disillusioned and dejected it just slopes off. Some takes months to come back.
  • + 2
 @msusic: it was definitely an area 51 bear. There wildly intelligent little buggers and have razor sharp probing teeth.
  • + 8
 He hit him with a sick burn on Twitter.
  • + 1
 @msusic: now that's a cruel and unusual punishment case for the books
  • + 8
 One punched it like Saitama
  • + 2
 @nickkk: That's the explanation I want to subscribe to.
  • + 26
 @teor: I’ll take my lecturing about bears from a non-euro, thanks (you’ve killed all your apex predators already - well done). This is pretty standard policy throughout North America and as others have noted, it’s not normal bear behaviour.
  • + 13
 @shredddr: they made the bear watch an amy schumer netflix special with his girlfriend
  • + 17
 @rocky-mtn-gman: plot twist.. Amy Schumer was the bear
  • + 1
 @nickkk: Yo mama jokes, haha, awesome
  • + 4
 @tobiusmaximum: How the f*ck did he survive!!?
  • + 1
 @msusic: With v-brakes also
  • + 4
 @shredddr: first you didn't get his question, which refers to the vocabulary used. Why "destroyed", and not "killed", or "put down" ?
Then you are wrong about the fact we killed everything. There are still bears over here, and the trend is to reintroduce them.

@teor The main reason they killed the bear is because it "assaulted" a human, not just stalked. Killing bears involved in incident is pretty much the current policy applied over here in Europe too so I don't see what is weird with that ?
I still don't get why they would employ the term "destroyed" though
  • + 3
 @shredddr: "you’ve killed all your apex predators already - well done"

This is really only half true and the "well done" at the end makes me think you might want to step down from your soap box. Plus I don't think anyone was lecturing you.
There are still predatory animals in Europe (not many in the EU-Countries mind you). Sure you won't find bears in the alps, but that could also have a lot to do with population density in millennia gone by and today and the effects on migration routes.

When you say things like this, you make it sound as though populated Europe has been around for the same amount of time as the populated US, and the US is doing and has done everything better. I can only assume that if you compared Europe a few hundred years ago to the last century in the US, the level of wildlife decimation (excluding total wars) would not be comparable (I'm not a wildlife historian, so forgive me if I'm wrong). The reality is North America has only been around for a fraction of the time that populated Europe has, and a vast majority of NA was left untouched throughout thousands of years of population in Europe and it's inherent destruction of wildlife over here.

No doubt that people had a hand in driving animals out/killing them, but I'm pretty sure anyone living today didn't have much to do with the extinction of any species. I'm pretty sure, though, that if North America had the same history of population that Europe does, it would appear very similar to Europe in respect to extinct species.
  • + 6
 @jameshealey: A kid was stalked eaten by a black bear close to where I live a few years ago. When the cops showed up, it was aggressively guarding its half-eaten kill. Once these animals figure out how easy it is kill a human, the only option is to kill it. Not pleasant, but sure, the local municipality can also let it live, and then some of the Euro hard-asses here can come and roll the dice on a bike ride. They can explain to the bear that they're progressive peace-loving vegans, while the bear feasts on their insides Walking Dead style. I hear that strategy always works when an apex predator decides you're lunch.
  • + 9
 @SlodownU: you seem to like stereotyping, so let me play with you:

"They can explain to the bear that they're progressive peace-loving vegans, while the bear feasts on their insides Walking Dead style. "
Or you can shoot the bear with your roof mounted m60 while driving your lifted boosted v8 ford raptor (0.001mpg) and scream MURICA! Then you can cut yourself a 3kg (ah no sorry, you don't use metric) bear steak and insert it in your 200kg body
  • + 4
 high powered rifle dude, what do you think it means?
  • + 2
 @Steelies4ever: It's not a tough decision if you think you're its next meal.
  • + 1
 @zede: weird
  • + 1
 @jameshealey: all that but Also maybe he injured the bear enough that they wanted to find it and end the suffering or when your being stocked by a bear you don't have much choice.
  • + 2
 @Odinson: to be fair, he did warn the bear first.
  • - 2
 Human life must be prioritized above all other life forms as we relentlessly destroy all life on the planet with global warming.
  • + 4
 @ssteve: agree with everything you wrote, including calling me out for being a dick. my comment was aimed at his second comment - anyone familiar with bear activity in north america knows this is policy ("destruction" of bears habituated to human food or humans as food lolz), and why it is so. but I should chill down.
  • + 2
 @shredddr: admirable humility sir.
  • + 8
 @Odinson: My understanding is that when fish & wildlife (aka "rangers") went out to investigate, the bear showed no fear and when the bear approached within 5 metres (15-20 feet) they shot it. It's not a decision they take lightly so I'm not sure it's fair to say "for no good reason". If you're willing to foot the bill in the future I'm sure they'd be happy to trap aggressive bears and ship them to Belgium...
  • + 5
 @plyawn: Loosefest XL Grizzly 2020.. 100ft gaps at 65km/h.. over relocated Canadian bears.
  • + 8
 @zede: If you've spent any time in Western Canada the notion of a bear or cougar stalking people is way scarier than a fear of being attacked. An animal will attack you for lots of reasons, most common being plain bad luck putting you into a situation where it fears for its safety or that of its offspring. If you're being stalked it's because it sees you as food, and us humans prefer eating other animals over being eaten by other animals.
  • + 1
 @shredddr: the fact that I was born in Europe doesn’t necessarily means that I’m ok with everything that was done here before, you know like those 2 world wars...
We had some bears shooting too in recent years, since they started to reintroduce them.. and I get that sometimes is the only way, but other times there are options (
Anyhow I didn’t want to start an argument EU vs USA
Cheers
  • + 0
 With options I was referring to captivity, we had also come cases like this
  • + 7
 @ssteve: so what you are saying is Europeans wiped out their apex predators subsequently invaded North America settled it and started wiping out their wildlife also.
  • + 0
 The other officer was actually Chuck Norris. No explanation is needed.
  • + 1
 @jamesbrant: I think he needs a high powered rifle that’s what it means
  • - 4
flag jeremiahwas (Aug 2, 2019 at 13:19) (Below Threshold)
 @shredddr: "I’ll take my lecturing about bears from a non-euro, thanks (you’ve killed all your apex predators already - well done)."

Excellent.
  • + 2
 @teor I've been told enough bear stories by the bush peoples I meet travelling around (or in) wilderness. They keep me up at night when I'm camping still sometimes.

Two dudes in the bush with guns vs. an adult predator bear is a fair match. More than a fair match, which is spooky as heck but true. Who is hunting who can switch in minutes or seconds.

They shot the f*ck out of that bear, buddy. That's what I'm trying to say "destroyed" exactly means.
  • + 1
 That is what you do... Never cover anything with your muzzle unless you are willing to destroy it. -source - Destroyer
  • + 3
 @ssteve: 100 million indigenous people is not unpopulated or untouched my dude
  • + 1
 @msusic: I wondered where my old bike got too. It's ok, I don't want it back.
  • - 1
 @zede: I LOVE the stereotype game, so let’s keep playing. While you fumble around looking for pepper spray in your man-purse, I’ll shoot it right in the snout with 3 rounds of 00 buckshot, because that’s what you use when you actually want to turn a charging bear. I’ll eat exactly 0.0 kg of bear meat (since I actually know science, I can deal with metric) because it tastes like shit, but it’ll make a kick-ass rug for my family room. Since I don’t need live on the most over-crowded continent on earth, I can actually live in a house with a family, not a 4x4 yard, I mean meter, flat. I’ll then drive away in my V8 sports sedan with performance exhaust, so that all the Prius and Smart Car driving snow flakes can actually hear me hurt the environment (thank you Jeremy Clarkson).
  • + 1
 Pinkbike comment of the year. @msusic:
  • + 1
 @Jgallegos335: Not sure if your "100 million" number is exactly true. I mean, sure, maybe you're highlander and you were there at the time but: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_history_of_indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas

In case TLDR: "The aboriginal population of Canada during the late 15th century is estimated to have been between 200,000[10] and two million"
"While it is difficult to determine exactly how many Natives lived in North America before Columbus,[6] estimates range from a low of 2.1 million[7] to 7 million[8] people to a high of 18 million." -even if it were 18 million, that's 18 million people spread over 2 times the surface area of Europe. And remember I am and have been referring to the past.

And Google:
Demographic tables of Europe's population
Year Total European population, millions
1000 56.4 —
1100 62.1 5.7
1200 68.0 5.9
1250 72.9 4.9

I'm not saying NA wasn't populated, but if you read my post, you would see that I am saying that (not even starting on their propensity to adapt to the environment) the sheer number of the indigenous people in North America in the past simply does not compare to the European population in the same period of time.
  • + 1
 oops
  • + 24
 Dude: Pulls knife
Bear: That's not a knife, this is a ...
Dude: Stabs bear in neck
  • + 20
 Great example of why everyone riding in bear country should have a can bear spray. Could have avoided all of this with one shot of the hot pepper mist. That is being said by someone who just went of a 40 k ride in bear country and did not bring spray himself...
  • + 3
 i do the same, and it's a mystery - why not always take it?
  • + 5
 don't disagree but bear spray (specifically the weak-ass stuff they usually have on display) is no guarantee, especially with a hungry Grizzly. And if they like their food spicy it might make you even *more* attractive...

Tip: lots of sporting good stores in the US have the good stuff (read: law enforcement grade) behind the counter. If it will repel a stinky hippie it will work on the most ornery grizzly.

bottom line is carry bear spray AND be aware of surroundings, terrain, time of year, etc.
  • + 1
 @plyawn: absolutely
  • + 1
 @plyawn: my friends up there have asked me to bring the good stuff, but I'm too scared to bring it across the border lolz.
  • + 1
 @plyawn: Could you give me some instructions about getting the good stuff?
  • + 8
 @plyawn: I get the bear spray from a local gun shop & it is top grade. Just like avalanche gear, just having bear spray is not enough. Like you wrote, know your surroundings & pay attention & know how to properly use bear spray if that situation arises. Almost all grizzly attacks are caused by; surprising the bear, getting between or getting too close to a mother with cubs or coming between or getting too close to a kill. It is extremely rare for a grizzly to actively stalk a human.
This will undoubtably be unpopular but here goes...This guy is lucky & it is great that he survived however...he did almost everything wrong when encountering a grizzly. Do not stand your ground, back up slowly & talk softly, do not make any aggressive moves or behavior as this will almost assure an attack. Do not run as this will trigger the predatory nature of the bear & there is not a person alive who could out run a healthy adult grizzly. Do not shout or make eye contact this will be seen as aggressive behavior. Do not play dead, this is a myth. Do not run downhill this is also a myth, grizzlies are incredibly agile. A person could try climbing a tree but contrary to popular belief, grizzlies can & will climb trees. Only when an attack is imminent should you go on the offensive.
  • + 1
 @wideload46: Thank you, someone with some bear sense.
  • + 1
 @plyawn: The "good stuff" hey... thats illegal in Canada and the disruption of bear and pepper spray is different.
  • + 14
 Glad he's going to make it . I always get shit because I ride with a divers knife on my hip pack strap. Not sure it would save my life but I ain't going out without making something else bleed.
  • + 2
 I was just like you, when i used to go out.
  • + 5
 @IntoTheEverflow: Then you took an arrow to the knee?
  • + 1
 @masonstevens: While serving 15 years, i realised that going out was not for me.
  • + 2
 @IntoTheEverflow: heavy shit yo
  • + 11
 Enter the north woods and enter the food chain! The man in Colorado strangled a cougar this year too. There are some hardasses still left in this world. I’ve spent lots of time in apex predator land. The coastal bears are something else. 1000lb eating machines! In southeast Alaska several times I could smell one but not see it. They smell like death and farts. It’s unmistakable. I’m glad you lived to tell the story! “Then I stabbed it in the neck....”
  • + 6
 >> They smell like death and farts

very vivid - thanks for that. I've smelled both but I don't think together...
  • + 15
 Don't bring a bear to a knife fight
  • + 14
 I struggle to do 7km without being attacked by a bear.
  • + 10
 Dude, don't poke the bear! props though, that takes some balls of steel, and then riding 7 clicks. Holy smokes, buy a lotto ticket bro!
  • - 3
 howcome you shouldn't poke the bear
  • + 7
 Simply incredible, I take my hat off to you sir!
  • + 5
 I’d rather a brown snake on the trails any day or even that damn Sasquatch. Good thing this gentleman had his trusty pocket knife.
  • + 5
 At least you won't accidentally step on or rollover a bear l.
  • + 1
 100%.

Australia has snakes but you almost never see them.
North America has fking predators. All kinds of badass predators which can hunt you down and tear you to bits.
  • + 1
 @Ktron: I'm 40, live in a remote place and seen a bear only 4 times, 2 wildcats last year for the first time ever, a coyote a few years ago and that's it for big predators. How many snakes have you seen in the wild in your life?
  • + 1
 @lRaphl: in Oz? About 20-30 a year, and that’s only in summer.
  • + 4
 @samjobson: So the odds of being attacked by a snake are higher and I'm sure they are already pretty low.

Wildlife goal is to stay away from human as much as possible. Being hunted by a bear really isn't something you encounter everyday.
  • + 5
 Sasquatch can easily be enticed away with some beef jerky.
  • + 1
 @Ktron: In fairness everything in Australia wants to kill you, eat you or both
  • + 2
 @plyawn: Especially Kangaroo and Koala right? Smile
  • + 2
 @lRaphl: im not even 30, live in a big city and have probably seen over 50 bears, and more coyotes to count. They're definitely not sparse around here.
  • + 1
 @arrowheadrush: Maybe they are more used to humans and don't try as much to avoid them as those around here.
  • + 1
 @lRaphl: right! I live in the bush... Literally. Surrounded by grown land and bike trails! Bears live within 50m of my house but further lately as we have a great new dog. I have never, ever, been hunted by a bear. In my lifetime Ive come face to face with two bears and they ran. Bluffed by two and seen hundreds. (most likely the same ones year in and out)
  • + 1
 @lRaphl: I have seen next to bugger all snakes in the wild. And I grew up with a father who took us bushwalking and camping all the time.

And of those snakes, only a couple have been proper deadly ones. Seen a few carpet snakes that were too fat from eating something to piss off before we came nearby.

As for mtb, never seen one while out riding.
  • + 1
 @lRaphl: Most snakes are rather shy and will not attack unless they have to except for the Tiger Snake. I met a Southern Brown snake on the trail up the back of my brothers place on fire road trails. It was sunning itself and I was just starting descending from kms of climbing. We both scared the shiit out of each other. It flew to my left and I pedaled hard down the trail. Think both our hearts were going fast.

Living in the Middle of Finland - eventually saw a young Moose but for Bears - only the odd foot print on the ground. Only bear I have seen is up North in a Zoo although they are around but they keep to themselves.

Plenty of wild life in Finland and over the border to the East which is still Europe despite what the some claim. It's the insects that are worrying, that and poorly cut tracks with undergrowth that is Triffid like. Makes it hard to see the half meter tall stumps that like to tangle with ones front wheel and give you a lovely OTB moment.
  • + 6
 If the second officer wore a full face helmet and stretchy denim jeans, this totally makes sense.
  • + 6
 Happy birthday brother!! Dad’s gift will be remembered as the best gift EVER!
  • + 3
 Very happy the guy made it out alive and is doing well!

Here is a link for what to do when encountering a Grizzly Vs.a Black bear: www.nps.gov/subjects/bears/safety.htm

More info on Grizzly encounters: www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-good-the-bad-and-the-grizzly-what-to-do-if-you-encounter-a-bear/117

A Grizzly is far more territorial than a black bear, so you want to act differently when encountering one. Be prepared and stay safe out there!
  • + 2
 I always feel like a weirdo riding with a knife in my pocket but the fear and respect of nature is real. I love nature and am not trying to say that I ride around scared all day, or that I feel ready to take on a mountain lion because I have a pocket knife on me but having it on me helps me feel like I at least have a chance to survive should something like this happen.
  • - 1
 Because fear is bread into Americans, The odds are astonishing to be attacked. It would be like driving to work in a tank and saying "just incase".
  • + 1
 @dinosaurmonkey: Nothing wrong with a little "better safe than sorry" worked out for the gangster in this video.
  • + 0
 @travieso429: True with the better safe than sorry but in that case go Dirty Harry and leg holster a 45. Odds of being one of the three bear fatalities in NA are small to say the least...
  • + 4
 Stabbing it in the neck is one approach. Reckon mine would have been soiling myself, screaming like a toddler and hoping the bear left out of sheer embarrassment.
  • + 6
 This guy definitely has 3 balls like Barelli.
  • + 5
 from Campbell River, not Vancouver.
  • + 5
 Hey colin. Glad you survived. Go quadra !
  • + 1
 Man, oh man. I don't mess with nature. This guy. I have a knife aboot that size that I found on the ground on campus, and I wouldn't stab a bear with it, that's for sure, was going to use it for fishing. Would never even think to mess with a bear with it, as in like, I would stab it, and it would bite my head off. Lucky guy at the end of the day. Bear probably just didn't know what was going on. Do not attempt. Pity bear took pity.
  • + 2
 Chuck Norris would have said - "The bear bit me on the legs and abdomen and after five excruciating days of pain and suffering the bear finally died"
  • + 3
 Great, now I have to add a knife to my tube, tools, and water bottle strapped to my frame to be enduro enough.
  • + 4
 Its not over til its over! Good on ya young man!!!!
  • + 5
 you are my hero sir
  • + 3
 Is this Bear a metaphor for his wife?
  • + 1
 Holly crap, this story is crazy!!! Screw the tools, food and water, bear spray and a Dundee style buck knife is going into my pack from now on!
  • + 3
 Hell of a story and glad you'll be ok...but, who bikes with a hiking pole?
  • + 2
 How hard it is for this guy to live his day to day life with those giant brass balls?
  • + 3
 Wow! Bear on bad mood! Scary story! wish you a full and quick recovery!
  • + 3
 Really glad this is not a Friday-fail vid Smile heal up soon
  • - 1
 Where's that one guy that comments "I'm the only one that can hurt myself on the trail,". Both MTB and road have their risks and although there's more stupid drivers than bears and cougars MTBers need to be cautious of the uncontrollable also. Stay safe out there.
  • + 9
 Right? What roadie hasn't fought off a speeding vehicle that blind sides them with a pocket knife?
  • + 1
 I've never killed a mountain lion with my bare hands but I've choked a few cougars...
  • + 0
 This guy fights it off with a little knife and people scoff at my 9mm? The 9 is fine. Not in Canada of course, where all you hoopleheads can't carry guns.
  • + 1
 Do you actually ride with a gun?
  • + 2
 @shredddr: just hide it in your prison wallet
  • + 2
 Am I the only one who heard the reporter say "unbearable" at 1:15?
  • + 2
 So long bear, bearly new ye.
  • + 1
 Buck knives is gonna sell a bunch of knives with his sig on it.
  • + 1
 I finally know how the movie the Grey would end...
  • + 1
 Why did he have a ski pole?
  • + 2
 Destroyed the bear lol
  • + 3
 I know right? They make it sound like they vaporized the thing.
  • + 0
 I'll take the lions & tigers over bears any day. Quite a story. Hope you heal well.
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 I’m not sure I would, I feel a lion goes right for the jugular
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 Lions & tigers use all 4 paws during attacks so i don't think is a good choice.
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 I would not. This bear was quite chilled - slow attack, chewed on the guy after dragging him around a bit and he was even able to get a knife out.. A leopard or lion attack would probably have happened far quicker and not have had the same outcome for the rider. Those big cats are all teeth and claws.
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 na dude, mountain lions and tigers are trained killers that will hide in trees and secretly jump down onto you and kill you almost instantly by tearing at your throat
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 @quinn3: Seeing he's from South Africa I'm going to assume he means actual Lions, which have the added benefit of being twice the size.
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 Most bears are omnivores all cats are carnivores.
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 @Uberbob102000: I sort of know how to scare a lion, but I have no idea what to do with a bear. And a Grizzly is much bigger and heavier than a lion!
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 "Well, sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats...you"
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 I plucked a grizzly hair with tweezers once, does that count?
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 Straight savage
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 Wow, what a story!
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 " 'O, Lucky man! "
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 “Bear attack”. Right. We all know it was really a wearwolf.
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 lol so many weird things in this story......................
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 I was going to say the same...
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 The bear was waiting for a sponsorship..and they destroyed him..
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 Is the bear ok ?
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 'Destroyed' can not mean ok.
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 To be fair the bear stalking them so they had to blast that sucker before it got them from behind
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 @mkotowski1: I did not voice an opinion on it. Just stated that the bear was definitely not 'ok' Wink
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