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Chilling moment grizzly bear starts walking towards hikers on narrow trail

Chilling moment grizzly bear starts walking towards hikers on narrow trail

Imagine bumping into the unlikely guest mid-hike

While many of us go on hikes to get our blood pumping over X, Y, and, of course, the stunning vistas - it's clear there was one view that got people's heart's thumping for all the wrong reasons.

The chilling moment where a grizzly bear starts walking towards hikers on narrow trail at the Glacier National Park in Montana has been captured on tape and the footage is nail-biting.

A wildlife photographer, Steve Franklin, caught the whole thing on video showing the apex predator stroll down the Hidden Lake trail in plain sight. Go for a hike, they said, it'll be fun they said... Check it out:

In the clip, the grizzly can be seen making its way over to the trail near Siyeh Bend as fellow hikers gently move away from the area.

Someone off-screen can be heard warning the group of hikers: "Dude, that grizzly's right behind you."

According to Franklin, the bear appeared from the trees at the top of the hill.

"It took the path of least resistance, which was to simply walk on the trail," he told Storyful.

The wildlife photographer went on to explain that the trail was steep and full of rock above and below.

He continued: "It wasn’t possible for the hikers to leave the trail to allow the bear to pass, especially the older gentleman, who had a knee brace on."

According to the National Park Service (NPS), it is estimated that nearly one thousand grizzly bears and black bears live in the Glacier National Park.

Nearly one thousand grizzly bears and black bears live in the Glacier National Park.
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NPS' official site states: "Intentionally approaching, viewing, or engaging in any activity within 100 yards of bears or wolves is prohibited.

"Maintain 25 yards from any other wildlife. If you’re causing the behavior of the animal to change, you’re too close"

It goes on: "Never intentionally get close to a bear. Individual bears have their own personal space requirements, which vary depending on their mood.

"Each will react differently, and their behavior cannot be predicted. All bears are dangerous and should be respected."

Considering the grizzly bear had somehow made its way onto the pedestrian trail - hikers clearly had to keep in mind some slightly alternative advice.

"If a bear is moving in your direction on a trail, get out of its way and let it pass," NPS explains.

"If you can move away, do so."

Well, from the video, it's clear the hikers knew just what to do to avoid a full-blown fiasco.

Featured Image Credit: Storyful

Topics: Animals, US News