How to Avoid an Encounter With a Bear


( – When enjoying the great outdoors, there is always a chance of coming face-to-face with wildlife. While many people may dream of such an encounter, some creatures are better viewed from afar. Certain types of wild animals can be dangerous or downright deadly. Bears, for example, are known to attack humans and occasionally even invade campsites.

So how can a person reduce the chances of encountering a bear in the wild? Here are a few tips:

    • Make a lot of noise. Announcing one’s presence in the wild is a good idea. It reduces the chances of surprising an animal, causing it to become defensive or enter “fight or flight” mode.
    • NEVER feed a bear. Feeding bears will only encourage them to interact with humans. Also, if the food runs out before it gets full, the bear may decide to add humans to the menu.
    • Keep food out of the tent. Never, ever leave food inside the tent. It is recommended never even to eat food in a tent. The smell will attract wild animals, including bears, and cause them to come and investigate. Tents are notoriously flimsy and will not stop a curious animal from getting in.
    • Look big. Try to appear as large as possible. This includes waving arms and moving to higher ground. Make slow movements, a sudden movement can cause a bear to attack.
    • Do Not Yell or Squeal. If a bear is in close proximity, stay calm. Yelling and squealing can lead to an attack.
    • Never, ever get between a mother bear and her cubs. Don’t attempt to approach a bear cub, either, even if the mother isn’t visible. Female bears are incredibly protective of their young and will become hostile if they feel threatened.

If a bear does decide to attack, how a person should respond will vary depending on the type of bear. To see how to react, check out our article on how to survive an encounter with a bear.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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