Local

North Idaho couple helps stop grizzly chasing cyclist

How to handle bear encounters

Idaho Fish and Game provides tips for identifying black and grizzly bears and what to do when you encounter each.
Up Next
Idaho Fish and Game provides tips for identifying black and grizzly bears and what to do when you encounter each.

When Cassie Beyer and her husband took a summer RV trip to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, they never expected to have to help distract a grizzly bear.

On July 15, Beyer and her husband, Donald Poster, were traveling north on Highway 93, outside of Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia, when they spotted a grizzly bear following a cyclist on the highway. Beyer said when they saw the bear, Poster hit the brakes and started honking his motor-home’s horn at the bear.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” said Beyer, of Priest River, Idaho.

Two pickup trucks traveling south on the highway approached the cyclist, who was also traveling south, and Beyer said one pickup started flashing its lights while the driver of second truck attempted to position its vehicle between the cyclist and the bear.

In photos taken by Beyer, the cyclist is seen looking over his shoulder while attempting to flee the bear.

“(Poster) probably honked three or four times before the bear stopped running,” she said.

The bear then stopped and started looking at the pickups, allowing the cyclist time to flee.

Beyer did not know who the cyclist was, but was grateful he was able to escape from the bear. Once the scene seemed safe, Beyer said they continued on their way.

“It was a team effort,” she said about those that helped stop the bear.

  Comments