ALBERTA, Canada – A pair of joggers in Alberta, Canada came face-to-face with a young, curious black bear that wouldn't leave them alone.
They pleaded, even shouted, hoping the black bear would continue to pass them.
Bruce Allan and Greg Armour came face-to-face with the wild animal while on a Fort McMurray trail last week.
"The moment I met the bear it was an instant turn around, don't' make eye contact, walk away, and that didn't seem to work," said Allan.
"We got to a point where he basically had us cut off," said Armour.
The men kept backing away hoping the bear would lose interest.
"I was pretty much ready for him to pounce on me at any time. For about three or four minutes I figured what part of me is going to get gouged or ripped open type of thing, so there was three or four minutes of terror there," said Allan.
But they say the most terrifying part of the experience was when the bear would jump on the tree and rush at the men again.
"He was showing all he could do right there as far as I'm concerned," said Armour. "There were definitely some moments when our escape wasn't guaranteed in any way."
They finally found an opportunity to make a run for it back to their jeep and after a few seconds of catching their breath, even trying to find some humor in what had just happened.
CTV News showed the video to fish and wildlife officer from Fort McMurray. He says it was a young bear and the behavior displayed was typical curiosity. He also says the men did everything right, and it would have been the perfect situation for bear spray.
The men have since purchased a can, but say it will be a long time before they run on that trail again.