Surviving a Bear Attack

We all grew up perceiving bears as cuddly little cartoon creatures whose only interest is picnic baskets. This could not be further from the truth. Bears are territorial hunters that will not hesitate to attack when threatened. But don’t let that scare you into abandoning your next camping trip into the woods. Only one or two people die from bear attacks every year. The predatory black North American bear being responsible for most attacks. The chances of a bear attack are minimal, to say the least.

That said, knowing how to avoid a bear attack makes it even less likely to encounter an attack. Here are a few things you can do to avoid a bear attack

Avoid bear territory: The best way to avoid a bear attack is to avoid bear territory. If you cannot avoid it, travel in a large group and make lots of noise.

Carry bear pepper spray: This is your first line of defense against a charging bear.

Back away slowly: When you do come across a bear, remain backwards, slowly. Don’t run, and keep your eyes on the bear to see its reaction, while keeping the bear spray ready.

These simple tips can be the difference between life and death when you encounter a bear on the trail.

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