Dealing with Bears in the Wild

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Bear is the WildThe following List of tips can help you when encountering a bear in the wild.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Never come in between a cub and it’s a mother.
  7. Carrying bear spray is a good idea when walking through bear country.
  8. Wearing a pack, even when day hiking, can provide some space between you and a bear. (Keep in mind I said space NOT PROTECTION)
  9. If the bear starts coming towards you, throw something onto the ground. The bear might become distracted long enough to allow you to escape.
  10. Do not cook or store food in or near your tent.
  11. Check with the area Ranger Station for current bear sightings, locations, and any tips that they have.
  12. 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!

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  1. jesse says:

    I’ve heard people making fun of the idea that making noise and wearing a bell is a good idea. Who should be laughing?

  2. Robert says:

    Well I’m sure the guy who just got ate, cause he was to cool to make some noise isn’t laughing

  3. Robby says:

    Suggestion #12 by far seems the most safe thing to do, I don’t see pepper spray doing much to stop a bear lol

    • Lev says:

      You can laugh all you want. There were many encounters with brown bears charging, and people stated the bear spray stopped the bears dead in their tracks, turned around, and ran away. Just sayin’

  4. William Harrison says:

    Most bullets will do nothing to a bear. Only the .357 SIG and a very large rounds from a handgun will have any effect. Unless you want to carry a shotgun or full blown rifle every time you hunt, a gun is probably not the best option.

    I hike at night by myself a lot and have done a lot of internet research on this, for what it’s worth.

    • John says:

      a 357 magnum is better than a 357 sig the magnum has more punch and the 357 magnum can hit harder than a 45 with the right ammo like say hornady critical defense which hits with over 800 ft lbs of kinetic energy pop on of those in his nose and I don’t think he’ll ask for seconds lol

  5. Sixten says:

    I heard that playing dead also works, since the bear don’t fancy eating cadavers

    • John says:

      that’s not entirely true bears will eat off of other animals kills and that only sometimes works with grizzlies dont try it with a black bear though at all if you can’t get away I would say your best bet is to fight back with a rock or anything hard enough to do damage I have actually known people who have been attacked by a black bear before and they fought back when they hurt it it decided to back off although im not saying go attack a bear because they are as individualistic as people are what works for one will not always work for another necessarily. you just have to read the bear and use the best commen sense you can according to the situation. but i would recommend using the experts tips as a guideline just know that some things might not work so you have to keep cool and think on your feet just don’t ever run away and think you;ll make it I have seen a bear take down a deer on the run, yup humans don’t stand a chance in hell of running away if that bear wants you and many times the bear is trying to tell you to back off, not run away just back off either out of it’s space or away from it’s cubs or it has a foodsource those things are mostly what the bear attacks for except for some rare cases they will try to avoid you.

  6. Adam says:

    When I was living up in Alaska there was a saying I heard multiple times: “Bear crap sounds like bells, and smells like bear spray.”

    Personally, I would not trust my survival to a can of spray that lasts about five seconds and only reaches out about ten feet (I bought a can of bear spray while I was in Alaska and sprayed it to see what it could do). Also, if there is any amount of wind, bear spray is useless. If you’re in grizzly country, a .44 magnum is your best bet as far as handguns go, or get yourself a nice .45-70 lever action.

  7. Mike says:

    Brown bears typically are less aggressive than Grizzlies, and would more likely wander away from you unless protecting their cubs. I have stood and watched a few brown’s walking away from us noisily walking down the trail.

    Thankfully I have never knowingly been in a position to be in proximity to a Grizzly.

    I have heard Brown Bear scat has berries, leaves and fur in it, Grizzly scat has bells, pieces of bone and smells like pepper spray too… LOL

    The BSA Philmont camp has a very strict bear policy… you cook and eat >100 feet from where you sleep, you hang your smell-ables, any food or item including your toothpaste, day and cooking clothes >100 feet from your cooking and sleeping areas, and you sleep in only your sleep clothes >100 feet from both the cooking and food hanging areas. They are unwavering and have very few reported bear incidents.

    I would agree that a .44 magnum would be the smallest caliber to carry, and I do not care how “protected” the Ranger says they are… if it comes to me or the bear, I prefer to be the one standing in courtroom in the end.

    As for #9 throw your food bag down as the best distraction, but if a cub’s protection is in question, that won’t help either, just be faster than your friend(s)!

    • Lev says:

      Grizzlies are actually subspecies of Brown Bear family. In essence, you are saying “Chevrolets are a lot better quality than GM cars”. It doesn’t make sense.

      Glad we don’t have browns here in GA. And there has never been a death due to a black bear attack here either. Chances are good, we’ll be okay here.

  8. john borges says:

    Bears r so cute! Awww! Its eating my face! Im gonna take u home big pookanook! Good tips from ever1!

  9. oshtaylor says:

    Having worked one of the two fatal bear attacks in the southeastern US in history I am often amused by some of the comments on these sites. I carry a 10mm or 44 mag in bear country but would not hesitate to use a 40 cal in a pinch.If thats what I have I use flatnose hardcast and feel ok with that. The big deal is it needs to be quickly accessible as both these attacks occurred in seconds. You will not have time to retrieve from your back pack or purse.I have turned charges by boar and black bear by shooting a warning shot or two and if time allows I try that. Curiuous bear can be turned this way but predatory bears can not. If you are the selected victim of a predatory bear attack you better be ready to fight or you will not survive. My friend and her son survived the attack but were critcally injured. Her daughter did not survive. The bear attacked a group of 4 children and three adults. It was a male 250 lb predatory bear. If one of them had had a gun…. any gun the outcome would have been different. Just for your considerstion. May you have peaceful hikes in the great outdoors.

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