Black bear approaches, taps runner on popular Coquitlam trail

Conservation officers will try to trap the bear on the Coquitlam Crunch

Chad Pawson · CBC News · Posted: Aug 30, 2020 11:30 AM PT

This screen grab from a video shot by Sam Abdullah on Saturday shows a black bear approaching a runner on the Coquitlam Crunch trail. The woman was able to get past the bear. (Sam Abdullah)

Conservation officers say they will try to trap a black bear that was filmed on Saturday tapping a runner with its paw on a popular trail in Coquitlam, B.C.

The encounter, which happened just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, was filmed by Sam Abdullah, who climbs the popular Coquitlam Crunch up to four times a week. The trail is a steep 2.2-kilometre climb located in a green corridor of the city.

Abdullah said he was nearing the top on Saturday when a woman descending in front of him froze as a black bear emerged from the bushes.

He began filming the encounter on his cellphone, and the video shows the bear getting closer to the woman and eventually extending a paw to her leg before jumping back.

“I think she was in shock and she just froze there, you know,” said Abdullah, who carries bear spray when he climbs the trail.

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Bear taps at woman on Coquitlam Crunch trail

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The encounter, which happened just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, was filmed by Sam Abdullah, who climbs the popular Coquitlam Crunch up to four times a week. 0:51

Eventually the woman was able to get past the bear, and she can be seen running past Abdullah and looking at the camera.

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