Some Good And Not So Good Tips For Surviving A Bear Encounter

This week is the 104th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service as part of the Department of the Interior.  So who would know more about bears in the wild?

There are plenty of bears living in the listening area.  Some are curious, many are hungry and a few you don’t want to run into.  So, what do you do when you encounter a bear?

  1. If the bear is standing stationary, move away slowly and sideways.  This allows you to keep an eye on the bear, but avoid tripping and falling.  Moving sideways isn’t threatening to a bear.
  2. Never run from a bear.  Like a dog, bears will chase a fleeing animal.  (And that’s you)
  3. If the bear follows you, stop and hold your ground.  Most bears don’t want to attack you.  They want to be left alone.
  4. Do not climb a tree.  Bears have sharp claws that allow them to easily climb trees.
  5. Identify yourself as a human by making noises so they know you’re not a prey animal.
  6. A bear may stand up on its hind legs to get a better look at you.  A standing bear is usually curious and not threatening.

And, with tongue in cheek, the National Park Service says, “do not push a slower friend in the way, even if you think the friendship has run it’s course!

Find out more about bears and the 104 year old National Park Service on their Facebook page.

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