Real or fake? Snowboarder says she captured video of bear chase without knowing

Kelly Murphy’s snowboarding video is unbelievable. The YouTube user — reportedly a 19-year-old student from Sydney, Australia — posted footage of a bear chasing her down a slope in at the Hakuba 47 ski resort in Japan.

Murphy claims she captured the shocking chase without even knowing.


“OMG! I was going through my snowboarding videos and I found a bear chasing me!!! I nearly got eaten!!!,” she said in the description of the video posted online Apr. 10. “Be careful people!!!”

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The video begins with Murphy on her own at the top of a hill, strapping on her snowboard. Her friends were taking a lesson, she told the Telegraph, so she hit the slope by herself.

“I’ve been snowboarding since I was a kid so I felt safe,” she said.

The footage, apparently recorded with a small camera attached to the end of a selfie stick, shows Murphy wearing headphones and mumbling the words to Rihanna’s song Work — which is presumably why she can’t hear the ferocious grunts of a large bear charging towards her.

The bear is seen chasing Murphy down the hill. As she weaves back-and-forth, her apparent hunter moves in-and-out of the camera’s frame. Fortunately, the beast never catches up with her and the 77-second video ends with Murphy blissfully unaware that she might have been attacked lunch.

Within hours of its posting, Murphy’s video was capturing international headlines and attention.

But it wasn’t long before social media sleuths started crying “fake.”

One 老域名怎么购买 user pointed out that, in one frame of the video, the bear’s back appears to split in half, as though part of the image is missing.

Others suggested that it looked more like a brown bear, which inhabit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, some 800 kilometres north of Hakuba. Asiatic black bears, however, are known to frequent the village of Hakuba in in the summer and they can be aggressive.

In the absence of firm evidence, an online debate raged over the video’s authenticity.

Global News asked some experts to weigh-in.

David McKay spent six years with the RCMP and now runs a video forensic analysis firm in Vancouver. He said, without the original raw video, it’s impossible to know whether the video is authentic.

“[But] where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” he said. “Our eyes are pretty complex. And if we can visually look at something, and something just doesn’t feel right or just doesn’t seem right, that’s probably the case.”

He said the video’s resolution, contrast and even the audio are questionable.

“Where that animal was compared to the camera, I don’t think you could pick up that type of sound,” he said, referring to the bear’s audible grunts. “It seemed very crisp and clear, and you probably wouldn’t have that audio resolution on a video like that.”

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“It would be entirely possible to create this (video) in your bedroom, relatively easily,” says Vancouver-based visual effects artist Conrad Olson. “The low contrast, fast movements and snow surface make it easier to get the interaction with the ground correct.”

Olson explained there are websites where you can buy pre-made 3-D animal models. “So it’s pretty easy to create that, especially at that distance.”

McKay said the snowboarding video reminds him of another — a 2012 video of an eagle swooping down and snatching a toddler from a Montreal park. That viral video horrified millions, before being revealed as a hoax by three Canadian animation students.

Whether this latest video proves to be another prank, social media can’t bear to wait.

Prior to the bear chase video, Murphy had only posted two other videos on her YouTube page — both videos of her snowboarding, uploaded five days earlier.

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Former Sask. Huskie Donovan Dale ready to prove he belongs in the CFL

SASKATOON – Donovan Dale is sick of being told that he isn’t good enough. When he went undrafted at the 2015 CFL Draft, he used the snub as motivation and went on to have his best season in the CIS. Dale was a monster on the defensive line for the Saskatchewan Huskies in 2015, registering eight sacks in eight games.



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    “Luckily because I’ve been busting my butt, I’ve been able to put forward some really good seasons which have turned some heads and got teams interested,” said Dale

    The Ottawa Redblacks certainly took notice, as they signed the three time Canada West All-Star to his first CFL contract in late March.

    “I feel very vindicated now, getting that next shot,” said Dale. “I believe that hard work always pays off.”

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    Dale’s a busy man these days. In the morning, he’s in the gym pushing his body to the limit in preparation for his first CFL season. During the day, he’s at the University of Saskatchewan, working towards obtaining his Masters in Kinesiology. At night, he’s back at the gym for four to five hours, coaching high performance athletes.

    His favourite part of these long and exhausting days, is coming home to see his wife Charissa and their newborn baby girl Evie.

    “I think my wife would agree with me that I’m definitely better at the snuggling and getting the baby to sleep,” says Dale as he turns to Charissa and smiles. “I take great pride in that for sure.”

    By signing a deal with the Redblacks, Dale is close to achieving his lifelong goal of playing pro football. The next step is actually making the team. In order to accomplish that feat, Donovan will be spending more time in the gym, and less time with his family. It’s not not an ideal situation, but Donovan says that his wife, Charissa has been tremendous throughout this whole process.

    “She’s definitely my rock.” said Dale. “She’s been 100 per cent supportive of me the entire time.”

    Dale has excelled at every level in his football career. He was a stand out player with the CJFL’s Saskatoon Hilltops, and a three time Canada West All-Star while playing CIS football. This summer, Donovan is out to prove that he has what it takes to thrive in the CFL.

Survey says 1,267 UFOs sighted in Canada in 2015, Quebec leads way

WINNIPEG – The 2015 Canadian UFO Survey says Quebec leads the country when it comes to sightings of unidentified flying objects.

The annual survey by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research was released Monday and says last year had the second-largest number of sightings in the last three decades, with 1,267.

The year with the most UFO reports — a whopping 1,981 — was 2012, which was also supposed to be the year the world ended, according to the Mayan calendar.


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Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland reported more UFO sightings last year than the year before, but Quebec alone is responsible for about 35 per cent of all reports in 2015.

That’s way up from previous years, when Quebec’s percentage was between five and 15 per cent.

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There were 97 reports in Montreal alone, followed by 78 in Toronto and 69 in Vancouver; Edmonton was a distant fourth with just 36 sightings.

The study said the typical sighting lasts about 16 minutes and more than half of the reports were of simple lights in the sky.

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The study noted the number of reported UFO sightings remains high and suggested several reasons why, including more secret military flights, better access to reporting sightings, or “even that the downturn in the economy is leading to an increased desire by some people to look skyward for assistance.”

The study also acknowledged “there is no incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases involve extraterrestrial contact. The continued reporting of UFOs by the public and the yearly increase in numbers of UFO reports suggests a need for further examination of the phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical scientists.”

Saskatchewan farmland prices see small growth in 2015: FCC report

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) says Saskatchewan producers should prepare for a possible easing of farmland values. The price of farmland went up again in 2015 but not as in previous years, according to a new report.

In Saskatchewan, the average value increased 9.4 per cent in 2015.

Values have continued to rise since 2002 but nearly half of the province recorded either little or no increases in farmland values last year.



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    While Saskatchewan has recorded significant increases over the last four years, FCC says the average valuation of farmland appears “fair” based on the current strength of crop receipts.

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    Nationally, average farmland values showed a 10.1 per cent increase in 2015. This is the second consecutive year Canadian farmland values have slowed down.

    FCC’s chief agricultural economist, J.P. Gervais, said profit margins and demand for agriculture commodities remain strong, mostly due to the low value of the Canadian dollar.

    “We’re now seeing lower commodity prices offset by low interest rates and a weak dollar. The weak loonie not only makes our exports more competitive, but helps producers receive a better price for their commodities that are mainly priced in U.S. dollars,” Gervais said.

    The farmland values report showed that gains slowed in six provinces last year. Increases range from a low of 4.6 per cent in New Brunswick to a high of 12.4 per cent in Manitoba.

    Corinna Mitchell-Beaudin, FCC executive vice-president and chief risk officer, recommends producers ensure they account for a possible “softening” of farmland values.

    “Despite a recent strong performance in the agriculture sector, agriculture will always be cyclical so producers should be prepared for the ups and downs along the way,” Mitchell-Beaudin said.

Calgary residents concerned about timeline for demolition of flood-damaged homes

It’s been almost three years since the biggest natural disaster in Alberta’s history hit Calgary but the demolition of some flood-damaged homes is only now underway.

One of the hardest hits streets is in the upscale inner-city neighbourhood of Roxboro where multi-million dollar homes are now being turned into piles of rubble.

But it’s a slow process and it’s causing concern for some people living nearby.



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    More than a dozen homes along Roxboro Road were torn down last Thursday. Broken lumber and debris still sit in their place. Insulation and smashed windows are piled into a heap.

    “Their schedule said it will go on to the end of September,” Roxboro resident James Maxim said. “Why can’t they speed it up? With the weather and the amount of people out of work, why can’t this be done sooner and faster for everybody concerned? And why should we put up with the dust and pollution that’s here as well as the danger of these sites for vandalism and people coming in and hurting themselves?”

    The June 2013 flood caused billions of dollars in damage across southern Alberta

    A dozen houses along Roxboro Road S.W. were destroyed.

    The Alberta government spent more than $30-million to buy properties deemed inhabitable, in order to compensate the owners.

    Now that the demolition process is finally underway, it will also involve recycling and reclamation.

    The government suggests completing the job could take months.

    The future of the empty lots is still another matter of debate.