Hiking: Avoiding bear attacks

While it may be a magnificent to see a bear on your expedition through the wilderness, (at a comfortable you won’t eat me distance), these animals can be dangerous.

The intention of this post is to discuss important safety precautions, and what if situations, to hopefully better prepare you for a bear visit as they do happen.

No strategy here can GUARANTEE safety as every situation and encounter is different and is unpredictable.

Bear Safety:

Be aware of your surroundings and view from a distance. You are in their home, avoid startling, or sneaking up on the bear as this could frighten them and cause aggression. Be a loud hiker, and hike in groups whenever possible. Most bears will keep their distance and leave the premises if they hear signs of foot traffic. Additionally, be mindful of likely places for a bear, bears are large animals, that being said they have a large stomach to keep full. They often will feed on berries so be aware if there are bushes along the trail that contain berries. NEVER FEED A BEAR. Even if it looks hungry.

(image taken from google)

Bear body language and the importance of staying calm and standing your ground. If a bear is approaching you it is very important NOT TO FREAK OUT. Never scream, always speak calmly and slowly, making large movements with your body to show the bear you are not their prey. A bear standing on his hind legs typically signals curiosity, not aggression. Do not make any sudden movements as this can instigate the bear.

Always back away keeping your eyes on the bear at all times, moving sideways will help clear you from the bears direct line of sight. Do NOT run as this could cause a bear to attack.

Do NOT climb a tree, bears can and will follow you as they know how to climb. Keep your belongings with you, especially if you have food in your bag, this will affirm the bear that you can provide a source of food.

Carry bear spray with you while you’re hiking, yes, bear spray does exist, but be sure you are prepared and know how to use this properly and effectively should the need arise. Here is an instuctional video on how to safely use your bear spray. Attached is the bear spray we carry with us.

Copy of Grizzlies vs. Blackbears

Remember to stay safe while hiking, respect your fellow bears home by holding distance from cubs and food, remaining calm and collected if a bear approaches, being aware of your surroundings. Hope you all enjoyed this read! Happy hiking!

**Disclaimer this website is here to simply express nature’s beauty. Dreambigtravelwide and it’s affiliates are not responsible for any injuries, or fatalities that may occur when performing outdoor activities, or anything covered in blog posts including bear attacks or encounters. These activities can be dangerous. Please be responsible and know your limits, if you choose to participate, you are doing so at your own risk. This post is here simply to gain knowledge and awareness if encountering a bear, all information has been gathered from government affiliated websites. Bears are wild and unpredictable animals, if you are attacked by a bear, seek immediate medical attention. 

 

 

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