The heat and dry conditions are affecting everything from people to plants to wildlife – which now includes even bears. Yesterday we received a picture from a man in Mansfield of a black bear that he had seen in his backyard. This sparked a lively conversation on the 40/29 Sunrise set regarding what to do if you find yourself in this strange predicament. So it was off to the races for me to find a few answers. These are some of the suggestions I discovered.
First, if you see a bear and the bear has not yet seen you, it is best to quietly back away and avoid an encounter. However, if the bear has detected your presence it is best to speak softly and again do your best to back away quietly. If the bear does begin to move toward you here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Remember, don’t run… the bear is faster and if you run that could initiate a chase. It’s best not to continue to make direct eye contact with the bear because they may see this as a sign of aggression. Try and retreat slowly but if the bear continues to move toward you and a tree is nearby, use the tree as safety by climbing – but you’ve got get way up there.
If you can, try and determine if it is a black bear or a grizzly. Black bears are usually more timid so trying to fight back may actually scare the bear away. Grizzlies are much more aggressive. Some experts say playing dead tends to reduce the level of injury, especially during the daylight hours. However, if the attack happens at night fighting back with anything you have (ie: a backpack) is your best choice.
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