On Wednesday around 11 a.m., I went to pick up a friend to go bike riding as we are practising to keep in shape and already preparing for the RBC GranFondo Whistler 2014.I was driving in Coquitlam, passing Coquitlam Centre on Johnson Street, and when I got to Hampton Drive, I waited for my friend.Within three minutes, my friend had closed the door of his house and walked about 15 feet towards my vehicle when he noticed some bushes moving in a shaking way and saw a big black bear about four years old jumping from the bushes about 20 feet in front of him.The bear looked to his right and spotted my friend, who was so scared as he never expected a bear to appear from nowhere.The animal decided to walk in the opposite direction, to cross the street heading towards the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, but walked behind my vehicle and sat right behind it.I was not aware of anything until I looked at my friend standing there, trying to tell me that there was a big black bear behind my vehicle.He could not shout because he was afraid that the bear could go to him, so with sign language he was trying to tell me something. I only smiled at him and waved, saying "Hello, how's it going, buddy?" He pointed at the bear and I was just about to get out of the car to see if he needed help with his bicycle, but I did not get out of the car.He tried to tell me that my cellphone was dead through sign language and then I realized there was something happening.I was about to open the door and walk to him through the back of my car where the black bear was sitting.My friend pointed at the bear again and because of his sign language, I thought he meant to park on the other side of the street, which I actually did.When I turned on my car, the bear got scared and ran, crossing the street heading to the golf course.Then, my friend ran towards my car with his bicycle to tell me that he was in danger because of a huge black bear that was sitting behind my car.I got scared and helped him put the bicycle in the car. I spotted the animal walking slowly on the golf course, so I drove to Chartwell Green and told a couple of ladies walking their dogs that there was a bear in the area.We finally left and started our bike ride practice from Coquitlam Centre to Pitt Meadows Airport and back for a good 47-kilometre route.The point of this incredible story is to alert the Tri-Cities community to be aware of bears, as they are not going to hibernate yet, are looking for more food and could turn aggressive if they feel in danger from humans.If there is garbage on Nov. 1 after Halloween, bears may be attracted to it.
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