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PILOT AND PASSENGER CHASE GRIZZLY BEAR - THEN VICE VERSA

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A Canadian pilot and his passenger tracking a grizzly bear were chased by the bear and had to take refuge in a tree after their plane crashed in the Rocky Mountains, an Alberta park official said Friday.

Pilot Dave Brownlee and biologist John Paczkowski were flying at a low altitude tracking a radio-collared grizzly when their small plane crashed Thursday after it lost power in Kananaskis park, about 67 miles southwest of Calgary, Alberta, the park official said.Although the two were unhurt in the crash, they were forced to scramble up a tree for safety when the bear they believed they were tracking ran toward them down a highway closed for the winter.

"I know the story will be passed on to my grandchildren," Brownlee told the Calgary Sun newspaper. "So there I was, chasing bears, and they ended up chasing me."