Video: Mountain Biker Captures Bear Encounter While Self Filming

Nov 9, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

A mountain biker has posted footage of an encounter he had with a black bear while filming himself on the North Shore.

The encounter occurred on August 10 and shows the rider pushing back up for another run when the bear appears behind him. The rider makes himself look bigger and stands his ground, which is enough to scare off the black bear who then decides to investigate his camera instead before moving off and leaving the rider alone.

A look back through Viral Hog's channel also shows another close encounter with a bear we hadn't shared before. This time a bear cub runs alongside a rider at Snowshoe in June. The rider said, "We were biking down the Skyline trail at Snowshoe Bike Park Sunday morning, 6/20, and saw the bear cubs off to the right of the trail before one ran out in alongside me. We looked out for the momma bear but didn’t see her around and kept moving. There were 2 other bikers behind me. There had been many recent bear sightings in this area."


It's worth bearing in mind that when we ride we do so in the territory of wildlife that was there long before us and needs protection from us more so than we do from it. Remember the four S’s if you ever do encounter a bear out on the trails or at home: Stay Calm, Stand Still – Do Not Run!, Speak calmly, Slowly back away (Credit: NSMBA). For more info on how to behave and safely coexist with these bears, please have a look at this website.

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152 Comments

  • 303 5
 Riding a Davinci? Check.
Saying Eh! Eh! Eh! repeatedly? Check

Confirmed Canadian.

Davinci should incorporate this into their marketing. An effing Trek wouldn't dual purpose as bear protection
  • 166 1
 As a certified Canadian, and a proud owner of both Devinci and Trek MTB’s, I can confirm that the Devinci is far more effective than the Trek at scaring off bears.
  • 195 0
 I'm surprised he didn't apologize for scaring the bear.
  • 9 0
 @nsmithbmx: Hahahaa
  • 2 0
 That is the best idea I’ve ever heard!
  • 4 0
 @Lonjuan: Don't they taste like maple syrup? I'd think that would attract the bears.
  • 14 0
 @nsmithbmx: we’ll, I didn’t actually apologize, but I certainly said “excuse me” a f**k ton eh.
  • 3 0
 @Lonjuan: wait are you the kid in the vid??
  • 4 0
 I think this should be a new product test.
  • 2 0
 @nsmithbmx: Came for the comments. Definitely didn't disappoint
  • 1 0
 @nsmithbmx: he was remorseful
  • 3 19
flag BDKR (Nov 10, 2021 at 7:12) (Below Threshold)
 Mofo's never heard of bear bangers? I'd carry some if there was a chance of having to say "Hey" 9 thousand times.

And 10mm makes a great backup too that!
  • 6 4
 @BDKR: Amurrrika, fuk yeah!
Super glad you guys are allowed to cross the border again...
  • 3 0
 @BDKR: The woods were actually tinder dry Aug 10 of this year.

Bear bangers are not a good idea in the super dry Coastal rain forest. Getting killed by a black bear is a very remote possibility.

He did the right thing, and it worked just fine.
  • 4 0
 This poor bear was simply trying to identify if it was a session. It wasn't.
  • 1 0
 @calebscott98: But everything is a session!
  • 2 0
 @vapidoscar: just did a lick test of both frames. The Devinci was slightly sweeter than the Trek and is definitely more tasty paired with pancakes and beer. Maybe it’s the geometry? I dunno, it just works
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: nope. Are you?
  • 2 0
 @partswhore: THAT is a good point!

And it even more backs up the idea of carrying a firearm should the things he was doing no work.

Of course, the mass -murdering commie contigent will vote this down, but common sense amongst the professors of an ideology that see's no issue in the killing of more than 100 million since 1900 won't be anywhere to be found.
  • 119 0
 cub would make a good bike dog
  • 96 0
 Canadian Trail Dog
  • 46 0
 Where there is a cub there is always Mama...I see them all the time here in North Carolina. At this point they are so used to people often times they ask me if I have any weed. HAHA
  • 44 0
 @gmordocco: If a bear is asking you for weed you very clearly have some. Wink
  • 14 2
 @Sscottt: you spelt “had” wrong…
  • 2 0
 @gmordocco: Yeah if I saw a bear cub my immediate thought is: aight imma head out
  • 2 2
 @DaFreerider44: I’d give little cuddle Big Grin
  • 52 0
 The bear just wanted to tell him not to shoot vertical video footy.
  • 1 0
 Bahahaha!! Great one.
  • 3 3
 Your shutter settings are all wrong guy.

How many frames per second is this thing?
  • 52 2
 Interesting video. But my god that "Viral Hog" logo says soooooooo much about today's world
  • 6 6
 Because they pay for the footage with money?
  • 1 1
 I hear 'ya, brother.
  • 46 2
 Hehe black bears are such lil scaredycats for how big they are
  • 36 3
 Overgrown trash pandas
  • 41 1
 one could say it looked emBEARassed. I'll grab my coat.
  • 26 1
 Not all the time. A momma bear in Bent Creek here in Asheville last year had the shittiest attitude. Met her in January, her cubs were tiny and she wasn't big at all. Little girl. But she bluff charged me and a buddy. Next night, she charged me harder on an adjacent trail.

A few months later, met her on a trail further away with all 3 cubs now the size she had been at our first encounter and her growing. She stomped a sapling and charged a bit. She was big enough to do damage then.

Late summer and the campground & gates were closed around the lake and I pop out of a trail and she's full grown, her cubs are huge and she turns toward me and starts walking and grunting. I back away and turn my head, She stops, turns and walks away. I turn to look to see where they're headed, she sees me looking and spins, stomps, snorts and gives a bluff charge.

I got the freak away at that point and took a different trail back to the car. They posted signs warning of aggressive bears shortly thereafter. F.S. probably darted and removed or euthanized the poor girl.

Worst part, that's the kind of momma bear who keeps her cubs alive long enough to live on their own, but I know she paid a hefty price for her stance.
  • 12 0
 @blowmyfuse: Yeh I should've added an asterisk, black bears are huge scaredycats UNLESS their cub is with them.
  • 6 0
 @blowmyfuse: Dude I think I had that same encounter last year with the same bear. I was headed down Ingles from 5 points and old girl just about came at me. Crapped my chamois!
  • 3 1
 @gmordocco: Yup. She had the place all to herself for the first part of Covid. 3 cubs.
  • 14 0
 @mnorris122 an underfed/cornered/scared/mother(obvi) black bear would eff you up in seconds.
  • 11 1
 @mnorris122: Tell it to the black bear that killed a helo pilot in BC this summer, she was in a berry patch.

99 times out of 100 they run but when they don't you are in big trouble, even a small one can ruin your day, treat them all with respect its their woods too.
  • 3 1
 @probikegeek: You tellem Scooooooooooooots
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: Encountered this same bear family around Little Hickory top this past spring. Felt bad afterwards because the Cubs were obviously so conditioned to people that it likely won't end well for them...
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse:
Didn’t someone ditch there Kona at five points and run down Ingles BC of her?
  • 1 0
 @RFSAM: @probikegeek knowledge bombs
  • 5 0
 @usmma2013: if I ever encountered a bear I’d be cURSINE up a storm.
  • 1 1
 @usmma2013: 100% correct. Up around Town Mountain, they are more of an "expected" nuisance.

But once you're in Bent Creek & all those tourists are meandering around, a whole colony of fearful lookie loos will create unnecessary fear of her family.

@Randy-Verified I didn't hear that one, but with the way she was being so consistently hyper-reactionary to me (4 separate times), I could see where her bluff charge would make those with little knowledge ditch and run.

Here's another piece of the story that made no sense. After they took that massive digital road sign warning "Aggressive Bears" out of Bent Creek, I asked the campground attendants (2 different times) why the sign was put up and what caused it to be taken down.
They said no one ever told the campground staff anything. Just the sign was there suddenly with no explanation and gone a month later without warning.

Like I said, I assume tourists or "Man who runs from Kona" turned her in multiple times, Wildlife came in and "relocated" her (euthanized) and went on with their daily. I mean....they killed a bull elk in Cataloochee for nudging some dumb ass photographer who sat on the ground trying to take cute and cuddly pics of an elk during the fall rut.
  • 1 0
 @mnorris122: Sure, most of the time they'll run away as soon as they see you. However, even without cubs I've had a few encounters with black bears that've fully stood their ground.
  • 1 0
 @kwl1: I would imagine that trying to outrun a bear would be imPAWssible.

okay don’t worry guys now I’m leaving.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: So many bears in Bent Creek. Probably the allure of campers and their trash.
  • 29 1
 The black bear is startled easily, but will be back, and in greater number.
  • 22 0
 The Devinci Spartan - Shred the mountain and occasionally use as bear repellent!
  • 1 1
 Or bear bangers?
  • 22 1
 Hey Boo boo.
  • 27 0
 Eh Boo-boo
  • 21 1
 was probably interested in the bearings on the bike
  • 5 1
 The guy bearly survived to tell this story. Luckily no grizzly ending.
  • 16 0
 Had a nightmarish encounter with a mountain lion riding Dry Creek in Boise over the summer. I'd take a black bear any day. Still scary though.
  • 12 0
 Yeah, that's scary as f*ck. I'll take Black Bears all day long, thanks.
  • 1 0
 Do tell
  • 17 0
 What was it riding?
  • 2 0
 @Pacifically: It might have been a 26er
  • 10 0
 I had a similar encounter with a bear in Vermont. I wasn't even in that remote of a place - if you know the Stowe area, I was between Stowe HS and Trapps. I was coming down the hill and saw something in the trail ahead. My first thought was "that's a funny looking dog", but then my brain reconsidered the size and proportions. The bear was just below me about 50' away and just looking at me. I was pretty much trapped since there wasn't much of an out left or right, and I'm sure he could outclimb me on that grade. Fortunately, I made some noise and he turned and lumbered off. Didn't realize quite how big he was until I heard him breaking through the brush.

I didn't think to raise my bike over my head like that - will try to remember that.
  • 3 0
 Pipeline?
  • 10 0
 Are you local and/or at least artisanally crafted? Stowe bears have high standards...
  • 3 0
 A couple years ago I was riding near bozeman MT. I was going fast downhill, came over a rise to see a bear ~15 feet away (black bear, fairly small, maybe a yearling) He immediately turned tail started lumbering down the trail. I didn't want to scare him any more than he already was so slammed on the brakes, and the brakes gave the old glazed pad banshee scream and that really scared the poor bear, he accelerated to a sprint. They are ridiculously cute. You can see why places like whistler have to warn tourists (from countries without bears) not to approach them.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: similar experience back in 2002 near Mt St Helens. I was just getting back into mountain biking and got out my old Stumpjumper for a cruise up to the Plains of Abraham. Descending back to the car, I rounded a blind corner and there’s a black bear in the middle of the trail- the rim brakes and the DT Hugi hub all screeching and whirring- it took off like a shot uphill.
  • 1 0
 @harryhood: gotta be Pipeline. That's a surprising place to run into a bear. On two separate occasions this past summer I saw a bear near the skinnies that go over the old foundation at the start of Hardy Hall / end of Cheddar, but that spot makes more sense.
  • 1 0
 @jaytdubs: Yes, it was Pipeline. On a previous year, I'd seen big piles of bear poop up near the top of Haul Road. Love how they always take a dump right in the middle of the trail to say "this is my turf".
  • 1 0
 @harryhood: Yep. About 1/3 of the way down.
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: Alas, I'm a lowly lowlander... actually the second lowest if you go by my state's highest point. I'd actually gone a surprising number of years visiting Stowe (usually camping in the notch) without seeing a bear. Then, the next few years (right before COVID), there was bear poop everywhere and lots of campground ranger talk about bears in the area. Somehow, it must be Alchemist's fault.
  • 12 0
 He handled it well ... that would have sent my adrenaline through the roof.
  • 3 0
 It was a pretty textbook bear response. Well done by that guy.
  • 1 0
 @p1ne: "Textbook bear response" is humorous, and sounds like a common occurrence. lol
  • 2 0
 @njcbps: Haha yeah I guess there isn't really a textbook. I was basing that comment on the classic training video "staying safe in bear country" where they basically tell you to do exactly what this guy did.
  • 4 0
 This past month's trail encounters include coral snake, cottonmouth, copperhead, and alligator. Minus multiple bunny/squirrel/deer, my life list includes coyotes (more than one and more than once), bobcat, badger, mountain lion, bear, elk, and audad. Still need to add wolf and moose, but I'm too far south.
  • 5 7
 #draintheswamp Beer
  • 2 6
flag zoobab2 (Nov 9, 2021 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 @blowmyfuse: Trump failed to #draintheswamp of Washington DC lobbyists www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/30/swamp-monster-monopoly-man-congress-protest
  • 3 0
 worst thing for me was running over a possum whilst out at night, but then the worst we have is a slightly annoying spider Smile
  • 1 0
 @p0rtal00: ooooo spiders. Slightly annoying? I believe you have some real monsters down there. Bird eating?

I’d look it up but I don’t want to see it, perhaps that’s somewhere else- The Seattle Zoo has a molted (shell?skin?) from one in a glass case the size of a dinner plate.
  • 2 1
 @zoobab2: stop being serious for just a freaking moment. @Geochemistry lives in Texas. At first I thought he lived in Florida with the list of critters, hence the swamp joke.

Unclench your butthole. Beer
  • 4 0
 I've seen lots of bears in the S2S region, and had a couple of close encounters with Grizzlies on the north coast. Scary AF! We gave them their space and luckily they all moved off. I have also seen bears several times on my bike commute, the most recent was a very large black bear walking down a path in East Vancouver! None of these were as scary as coming across a momma mountain lion with her cub in the middle of the trail on Fromme.
  • 2 0
 Every summer we get bears cooling off in our Koi Pond lol.
  • 3 0
 @Tmackstab: post koi feed?
  • 7 0
 The thumbnail lead me to believe the bear was self filming.
  • 6 1
 Doesn’t really say whose camera it is. I think the bear is looking for the off switch of his camera after the biker photobombed his video session.
  • 8 0
 Bears need likes too
  • 3 0
 Part of me was hoping the bear was gonna take the camera and run with it for a while like one of those dog harness gopro vids and we'd get to go on a little adventure.
  • 4 0
 My country may be terrible in some things,but damn,I can ride with great weather for more than 330 days a year,there's no off-limits trails and we got no life-threating animals anywhere!
  • 3 0
 What, hunted them all out?
  • 2 0
 @headshot: Many many years ago we had bears in Spain/Portugal,kings used to hunt them around Madrid,but they where almost extincted like in any other European country. You could find bears in Spain today in some mountains in the north (Cordillera Cantabrica&Pirineos). I don´t know if there are some of them still in Portugal living in the wild.
Around Madrid there are wolfs,but those are impossible to see while ridding bikes,or you need to find them.
  • 2 0
 @headshot: We have wolves, lynx and boar, that's about it.
Bears are being reintroduced somewhere in the near future,too.
  • 3 1
 I would poo myself if a bear appears while ridding my local trails...Glad to know the scariest thing you could encounter ridding in my area is a lazy cow resting in the shadow over the trail. I like wild animals but those who I could be in their menu,not so much. Today I saw like 10 wild hogs running across the trail,but the where far away and very scared. They love oak acorns,the area is full of those trees.
  • 4 0
 Similar story here. Many people think Australia is full of dangerous animals, but I've never encountered a box jellyfish, shark, crocodile, blue-ringed octopus, inland taipan, or funnel-web spider on a trail here. I've seen the odd brown snake (2nd in world on toxicity - inland taipan 1st) but they are always sliding off the trail. Kangaroos pose a bigger threat, and humans the most.

Meanwhile in North America you can get eaten by several species of forest-dwelling critters.
  • 4 0
 Had to ride past an Elk In Banf. He didn't want to move . Must have weighed half a tonne. At least bears move when asked. Cows are a nasty suprise on Sunpeaks trails.
  • 8 0
 The Elk around Banff are the worst! I used to ride from Canmore to Banff after work on the backside of Mt.Rundle. Seen plenty of bears and other wildlife on that trail, but the Elk which decided not to get out of the way was the worst. Only because I was stupid enough to think I could just ride past it. I can still feel the whoosh of air just in front of my face as it turned around to kick me. NEVER rode close to another Elk again, they’re nasty AF.
  • 6 0
 @Lonjuan: The mountain goats in Jasper are also a bag of d*cks.
  • 2 0
 @geephlow: agreed
  • 3 0
 I had an elk encounter at full speed coming back down skogan pass above Nakiska once - he stepped out onto the trail while I was flying and he was huge. He looked at me, looked down the trail, looked at me and decided that I might actually be a threat before turning the other way down the trail. He was bigger than me even with me on top of my bike.
  • 5 0
 Nobody wants to see your edit kids...the internet is almost full. Bears are on it.
  • 1 0
 Not sure it's full but massively diluted. You gotta wade through some shit to find the good content these days.
  • 6 0
 You forgot the fifth S
  • 8 0
 Shit yourself?
  • 9 4
 shit yourself? Or shoot it (Murica)
  • 1 0
 Social media?
  • 2 0
 Today I've learned to not only lift my bike during a bear encounter to make myself seem larger (something I knew), but to also occasionally slam the bike to the ground as that seemed to work best :-)
  • 3 0
 It’s why I don’t bother making my bike silent, the more rattles and clunks the better
  • 4 0
 thought it said Beer in counter
Thought? whaa’??
Keep that shiz in the fridge bro
Beer ha ha ha ha
  • 4 0
 I once got a POV of me fighting off a squirrel with my bare hands. Terrifying
  • 1 0
 I went over the bars in a badger encounter.
  • 2 0
 Next time use your bear hands
  • 4 0
 Canada= eh! Eh! EH!!!!

USA = HOLY SHIT, BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Made me chuckle.
  • 1 0
 Might be a stupid idea, but just like you have airbag for skying, wouldn't a "bear repellent airbag" work ?
Something that would inflate a big scary shape and make noise that you'd inflate if the bear charges.
Or would it be too slow ?
  • 2 0
 I am sure the "B" in Whistler's B- Line stands for bear.
Remember beeing there early in a year saw them sleeping umder bridges or having lunch on the tracks.
  • 4 0
 I knew the honey-scented casing on the new GoPros was a bad idea.
  • 4 0
 bear spray, sometimes it's not a bad thing to carry
  • 1 0
 Moose are no fun either, was riding on some of the excellent trails on Teton pass when a moose appeared 20 feet off the trail, I was going so fast I hardly saw it, but it had a calf, so I didn't stick around.
  • 2 0
 adds a different dimension to injuring yourself as well. Nothing like that left on this island I'm afraid.
  • 9 0
 What about trail Chavs trying to steal your bike??
  • 1 0
 @Prof: ha ha yes! that seems to be more at the trail head than actually out on the trail though.
  • 2 0
 @Prof: I have had deer run out in front of me twice. That tends to bring a smile rather than a pant changing moment
  • 1 0
 @nukedchipp: I have had one charge uphill at me at night after my riding buddies scared it up. No pant changing, but relieved it changed direction at the last moment.
  • 3 0
 He was just looking for a jelly donut eh? Take off you hoser.
  • 5 4
 vids like this make me feel less nerdy about always riding with spray on my hip
  • 4 1
 poor bears
  • 1 0
 wheelbased gonna be so pissed: VIRAL HOGG gets the citation upon first appearance!
  • 1 0
 I rode up on those cubs at snowshoe a few times this summer. I was looking hard for mama bear!
  • 3 0
 Don't worry - she knew were you where.
  • 2 5
 I encountered a bear in Whistler years ago. Anybody who says don't run from a bear can suck it! I never pedaled my bike so hard in my life! I've been around lots of bears but this guy was at least twice the size of the one in the video and walking towards me from 20 feet away.
  • 7 0
 You gave it a pretty good reason to chase you, and it'll out run you
  • 1 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: Not this day didn't see him again after I dipped
  • 2 0
 My best whistler bear story was rolling down the rock on Joyride under the gondy into mom and 2 cubs chowing on a trailside stump. Not a lot of escape routes there and they wanted to finish lunch.
  • 1 0
 That bear really didn't like it's portrait rights being violated
  • 1 0
 Was expecting nudity (bare encounter).
  • 1 0
 Eh....Eh...Eh........OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 That trail sanctioned? Bear says "no".
  • 1 0
 Bear in mind: mind the bear!
  • 1 0
 Bearz 3
  • 1 0
 He Bearly survived Smile
  • 1 0
 Is that a super troopers 2 reference. Lol
  • 1 0
 Hehe
  • 1 0
 That’s me
  • 1 2
 Bear Mace
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