Skiers weren’t the only ones taking to the slopes this past weekend. A bear decided to join the snow enthusiasts and gave one skier a run for their money.
In this frightening video from Romania, a brown bear is chasing this tourist down the mountain in Predeal. Panicked onlookers filed the video from the chairlift above, and yell out warnings to the skier.
The onlookers in the video are recorded yelling out the danger following the snow-goer. Newsweek translates their comments, “Faster, faster! Come on, the bear is chasing you! Faster! God forbid, don’t look back!”
The brown bear chases after the skier at an alarming pace. The person thinks fast and throws their backpack down onto the snow to try and distract the predator. As a result, the bear stops to examine the bag and allows the skier to escape the danger. A spokesperson for the county inspectorate of gendarmerie, Ion Zaharia, applauded the man’s quick thinking of tossing his backpack.
What’s more, is the mountain gendarmes officials received three calls regarding a bear sighting that say. Two of the calls were about one being at the Clabucet ski resort. The third was about the slope where the animal chased the skier. Additionally, the publication says that the slope was reported to be closed at the time.
Officers arrived at the scene to examine what happened. However, they believe that the bear retreated in the forest, probably scared by the all-terrain vehicle. Furthermore, authorities in the nearby city of Brașov used Romania’s public warning system to notify people in the area about the animal.
Bear vs. Tourist in California
This is definitely not the first time an unsuspecting tourist has had a run un with a bear. There was a time in 2019 that a brown bear was seen jumping onto a car on a road leading to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.
The video shows the animal jumping onto the trunk of the car. Then it jumps back down in just a matter of seconds.
Humans are rarely injured from bear attacks, and bear attacks rarely result in fatal injures. The average of something like this happening is two a year in North America, according to Frank van Manen, a research wildlife biologist from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.