Bear Safety Tips
If the terms "Bear Safety Tips" or "Bear Safety" grab your attention, you're no doubt wondering how to ensure your safety when hiking in bear country.
Like most people, the bear safety tips you're probably most curious about are in answer to the question, "What should I do if I encounter a bear?"
Here are the essential bear safety tips you're looking for:
(1) Stay calm. Don't alarm the bear by moving suddenly or screaming. If you appear unfazed, you'll reduce the likelihood the bear will charge you. If the bear woofs, growls, snaps its jaws, or pulls back its ears, it's agitated and might charge. Be aware that bears sometimes "bluff charge" without actually completing the attack.
(2) Get your pepper spray ready. Because you carry it in a holster on your pack hipbelt or shoulder strap, you can grab it quickly. Remove the safety, put your thumb on the trigger, and point it at the bear. But don't spray unless the bear charges.
(3) Speak to the bear. Make soothing sounds to convey a nonthreatening presence and to reassure the bear you're human, not a prey animal. If the bear stands on its hind legs and waves its nose in the air, it's trying to identify you by using its powerful sense of smell.
(4) Stay together. If you're hiking in a group, do not disperse. Each of you is safer if you remain in a cluster. Bears are more likely to attack a solo hiker than a group of hikers. (Remember to share these bear safety tips with your hiking companions.)
(5) Back away slowly. Keep facing the bear while stepping backward. Do not run. Running is likely to trigger an instinctive attack. Bears are unbelievably fast whether sprinting uphill or down. It's impossible for a person to outrun a bear.
(6) Let the bear escape. If allowed, the bear will probably flee rather than confront you. So give it room. The more options it has, the safer you are.
(7) Keep your pack on. Do not drop it to distract the bear. If the bear does attack, your pack will help protect your spine and neck.
(8) Abandon your hike. Once you've backed away far enough that the bear cannot see you, and you're certain it's not following you, turn and continue retreating rapidly. Do not consider bushwhacking around the bear. Stay on the trail and return to the trailhead.
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