07/16/2015 05:14 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Hiker Fends Off Charging Bear In Kananaskis

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CALGARY - A well-prepared hiker was able to fend off an attacking bear in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary on Wednesday.

The bear charged at the Alberta parks employee and knocked him over.

But the hiker released bear spray in the animal's face and the bruin ran off.

Brendan Cox with Alberta Fish and Wildlife says signs have been put up in the area and some trails have been closed while staff assess the situation.

Cox says the hiker twisted his ankle when he fell, but was otherwise uninjured.


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