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Cycling and running

Cyclists and runners are not among those who often come into conflict with bears. However, if you go quickly and quietly there is a greater risk of getting too close to a bear and surprising it. Slow down near dense vegetation and if you are approaching a blind bend. You can reduce risk if you make noise, go in a group and keep vigilant: watch the way ahead.

Photographs: M. Straka

Be careful anywhere where bears' favourite foods, such as raspberries and anthills, are alongside forest roads. When bears are feeding intensively, they often don't pay much attention to their surroundings. The chance of encountering a bear is greater in the early morning and evening, but they can also be active during the day, particularly where not many people go.