Dealing with Bears in the Wild
The following List of tips can help you when encountering a bear in the wild.
- Always keep your distance from bears. You should never try to seek out a bear in the wild, doing so is not only stupid, but it will likely get you killed.
- Make noise when hiking can help you avoid accidentally sneaking up on a bear. Make noise, sing, talk loudly, or wear a bell when hiking in bear country.
- If you spot a bear, and the bear is unaware of you, back away slowly and quietly and then get the heck out of there.
- If you see a bear when hiking, and it has noticed you, shouting is usually enough to scare it away. If shouting fails to scare it off, back away slowly. NEVER turn your back to a bear, doing so can kick in the bears natural predator instincts. Bears run faster than 30 mph, you have no chance of outrunning one.
- Bears have an awesome sense of smell! When camping, use bear resistant containers and make sure you store food away from your campsite. Never leave food in your tent, doing so could attract an unwanted visitor when you are most vulnerable
- Never come in between a cub and it’s a mother.
- Carrying bear spray is a good idea when walking through bear country.
- Wearing a pack, even when day hiking, can provide some space between you and a bear. (Keep in mind I said space NOT PROTECTION)
- If the bear starts coming towards you, throw something onto the ground. The bear might become distracted long enough to allow you to escape.
- Do not cook or store food in or near your tent.
- Check with the area Ranger Station for current bear sightings, locations, and any tips that they have.
- Bears are Wild Animals, They can be unpredictable and even the best tips may fail when it comes to dealing with a wild animal. In Bear Country carrying a Gun may also be a wise option.
These are tips and meant to be treated as that, remember Bears are wild animals and capable of doing serious harm; don’t ever go out looking for bears!