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Mountain biker crashes into a black bear in crazy Instagram video

Updated Jun 23rd, 2016 4:23PM EDT
Mountain Biker Crashes Into Black Bear
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When hiking through an area known to have a population of black bears, there are a number of well-known safety precautions one should follow in order to limit the likelihood of running into a bear on your trip. These rules, by and large, are pretty straight-forward: don’t leave food out in the open for too long, clean up your trash, and make sure to keep up conversation with friends if you’re not on a solo-hike (the sounds tend to keep bears away).

Sounds simple enough, but if you’re mountain biking through a bear enclave you have an entirely different problem to worry about: crashing head-on into a bear.

As unlikely as this scenario sounds, a recent Instagram video from Davis Souza highlights what happened when he surprisingly crossed paths and subsequently crashed into a black bear mid-ride on the Mills Peak trail in Plumas County, California earlier this week.

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The video — courtesy of a helmet cam Souza was wearing — shows him flying over the handlebars as the bear, presumably scared beyond belief, runs for cover in the surrounding woods.

“That was a bear!” Souza exclaims in pain as he attempts to regain his footing and composure, and of course, save face in front of his friends trailing behind him.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.