BANGOR (AP) – A man riding a bicycle with his two dogs has received a reminder that the 680-acre Bangor City Forest is home to wildlife.

Craig McDonald came upon a mother black bear and its cubs Saturday morning, prompting the startled bear to take a swipe at him. McDonald says he kept the bike between him and the bears, and the mother bear retreated after bellowing at him a few times.

Bangor Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette says bears are seen “from time to time” in the City Forest, as are moose, coyotes and other wildlife.

He says it is, as its name implies, a “forest.”

Nonetheless, Willette says he’s considering posting more signs to warn people to be aware of wildlife.

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