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​Insane GoPro Footage Captures Bear Chasing a Mountain Biker

You won’t believe how close this bear came to the rider. – By Katie Fogel

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With over a million views in just one day, this GoPro footage of a bear chasing a mountain biker has people everywhere saying “OMG”—along with some other things we can’t repeat.The footage, captured by Dušan Vinžík at the Malino Brdo bike park in Slovakia, reminds us that we aren’t the only ones playing in the woods.

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While the bear in this scenario quickly lost interest in the riders, that hasn’t been the case for all mountain bikers in similar situations. Last June, a mountain biker was killed by a grizzly bear while riding outside of Glacier National Park in Montana. But bear attacks on mountain bikers—let alone people in general—are very rare.

So what are you supposed to do if a bear charges after you? According to the National Park Service, the best thing to do is stay calm and avoid sudden movements. Most bears just want to be left alone, and will “bluff” an attack by charging and turning away at the last second. The NPS also recommends carrying bear spray when exploring deep into the backcountry.

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