Søren Bobach is a world champion orienteer who was recently in Canada to train and to give a presentation. During a run through the forest near the Whistler resort area in British Columbia, Bobach was ahead of his running partners when he turned around and spotted a bear just metres behind him.
Bobach told Ekstra Bladet that the bear gave him the scare of a lifetime.
“I stopped when I noticed it. I knew that I couldn’t run away from it so I stopped and tried to scare it away while I yelled to the others to warn them,” he said.
Bobach’s GoPro camera caught the entire run-in with the bear:
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Søren Bobach og bjørnen i Canada.
Verdensmesteren Søren Bobach stødte på en usædvanlig træningsmakker, da han pludselig stod ansigt-til-ansigt med en bjørn under en træning i Canada i sidste uge. Heldigvis kan Søren tale bjørnesprog - som I kan se i videoen - og fik den til at lunte væk igen.
Posted by Dansk Orienterings-Forbund on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The travel website Where Whistler
writes that the area’s population of black bears are a major tourist draw. While attacks on humans are rare, the website advises that anyone who encounters a bear in its natural habitat should speak to it calmly while an encounter in a human environment calls for a more forceful and firm voice.
We’re not quite sure where on that spectrum Bobach’s noises would fall, but they seemed to do the trick.