NEW YORK (VINnews) — A skier at the Romanian mountain resort of Predeal was startled to discover a brown bear chasing after him as he skied down the mountain. The scene was captured on video by shocked onlookers, who tried to distract the bear by whistling and screaming but the bear continued to bear down on the skier. However in the end his quick thinking saved him as he threw his backpack off and the bear stopped to study the contents of the backpack.
“He did a pretty cool move, which is a really safe one when you want to get away from the bear,” Angel Somicu, who had spotted the bear an hour earlier along with another skier, Daniel Jenei, told ABC News. “He dropped his bag off, and, well, the bear was dragged towards the bag.”
Other skiers nearby panicked when told that a bear was in the vicinity, throwing off their skis and running to escape from the scene.
After the bear was scared away, the authorities have now reportedly promised to investigate the situation and relocate the bear to a safer area.
Local police had already received three emergency calls about the bear being spotted at various points in the day.
“The skier did the right thing,” Ion Zaharia, a police spokesperson in Brasov, Romania, told ABC News. “The bear was distracted by things inside his backpack. We are considering to relocate the bear, who should be hibernating now, anyway, but in recent years, we have more bears confronting skiers in the winter.”