This grainy photo of a black bear was snapped by John Keoshkarian on the trail in the Wildwood Canyon area in Burbank Sunday after the two unwittingly crossed paths. The photo has been magnified.

This grainy photo of a black bear was snapped by John Keoshkarian on the trail in the Wildwood Canyon area in Burbank Sunday after the two unwittingly crossed paths. The photo has been magnified. (Photo by John Keoshkarian)

John Keoshkarian got more than he bargained for Sunday evening while biking down the Verdugo Mountains: a big black bear in his path.

Thing is, since the bear was standing on a blind corner, neither of them realized they'd crossed paths until after it happened and Keoshkarian skidded to a stop.

When they both turned to look back, the bear then dashed into the brush and got across the Wildwood Canyon area in Burbank before Keoshkarian managed to snap a photo.

Keoshkarian, who said he's biked down the fire access road from Mt. La Tuna about four days a week for eight years, described the bear as larger than a trash dumpster.

"Me and him were sort of startled," Keoshkarian, a North Hollywood resident, said. "He looked like he was really confused and lost."

While recent reports of mountain lions and black bear sightings in Glendale hadn't given the 41-year-old mountain biker pause before, he said his recent run-in was a bit unsettling.

"I never thought I’d run into a bear in Burbank," Keoshkarian said.

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Photo: This grainy photo of a black bear was snapped by John Keoshkarian on the trail in the Wildwood Canyon area in Burbank Sunday after the two unwittingly crossed paths. Credit: Courtesy of John Keoshkarian