Bear begins to chase tourist while she takes a selfie in B.C.

Isabella O'MalleyDigital Writer, Climate Change Reporter

The American tourist was visiting Whistler, British Columbia

Sherry Moore had an unexpectedly close encounter with some wildlife during her recent visit to Whistler, British Columbia.

After going on a run, Moore stopped to take a selfie on the trail when she noticed a black bear lurking in the rocks that she was standing next to.

Moore said that she immediately felt panicked and began to slowly back up, fearing what the bear would do next.

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As a resident of Denver, Colorado, Moore says she often goes on hikes by herself and is familiar with basic bear safety.

She began recording the bear as she backed up, shown in the video above, hoping that it would deter it from approaching her. Instead, it stood up on two feet and began to charge at her.

Moore then started yelling at the bear and after screaming "No! Get back!" it began to slowly walk away from her.

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After the bear turned around and left, Moore says "I ran faster than I think I've ever ran in my life." She says that she is still shaken up but loves the mountains too much to let this incident stop her from returning.

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A black bear photograped in Jasper National Park. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

According to WildSafeBC, the American black bear is the most common and widely distributed type of bear that is found in Canada. British Columbia has the highest population of black bears in the world and says that the entire province should be considered “bear country.”

The Humane Society of the United States says black bears are likely more scared of humans and that black bears can be easily scared away by humans facing the bear, spreading arms to make the individual appear bigger, and making noise such as yelling or banging pots and pans. If the bear does approach, bear spray should be utilized.

Sources: Humane Society of the United States | WildSafeBC