Many people think of bears as cute, cuddly animals. That picture you have in your mind is of a teddy bear, but I’ll tell you right now get that image out of your head! Bears can be dangerous and vicious. Here’s a couple of facts and tips to help you avoid a bad situation with a bear.
When face to face with a bear it can get scary. So you need to know what you’re doing. The first thing to keep in mind is never run from a bear, because it can outrun you in a heart beat. If you are close to a bear make sure you stand your ground so you don’t look like easy prey, but make sure you talk to it in a soft tone of voice so you don’t look so threatening. For all of you who like to hunt heed this warning: do not approach a bear from the front. You may see the bear laying on its belly with its arms out and it may look dead, but be careful; they’ve been known to wait and jump up. If the following tips fail and the bear actually comes up and attacks you, try and play dead. Now playing dead doesn’t always work so if it keeps attacking, lay on your stomach to protect your stomach vitals, and lock your hands around your neck to protect it.
There aren’t many situations where you’ll come face to face with a bear. If you pack your food and dispose of your waste properly it’ll decrease the likelihood of an incident. Bears have a keen sense of smell, so it’s important to have a bear bag or canister. It’s not just food you need to worry about but also deodorant and toothpaste, because they smells that attract bears too. When placing your bear bag in a tree it’s important to keep in mind: the bear bag should be hung 10-12 ft off the ground, it should also be 6-8 ft away from the tree trunk, and 4 ft below the limb you hang it on. It is important to dispose of your food packaging properly by burning it, so the bears don’t smell it. When walking you must be sure to make noise either by clapping or banging on pans to give the bear a fair warning that you’re near.
So stay safe when camping. Do not forget these helpful facts and tips. Being prepared is important, so if you have any questions feel free to comment below. Here are some links that might also help you with bears, one of which is this guy named Timothy Treadwell who spends his life with bears and eventually gets killed by one. Warner Herzog made an incredible documentary on Timothy’s life, so I’ll also put a link to the movie trailer that so you can check it out.