When I was a little girl I used to read a lot. Big surprise, right? Anyway, the only books my dad had were about the wilderness or fishing. I remember reading about how to survive bear attacks and in recent years was surprised at how many people didn’t know basic survival. You can click here and read about bear attacks or continue reading to see what you should do if you cross paths with a bear.
If you’re ever confronted by a bear DO NOT RUN, like many animals the bear runs much faster than you. If the bear charges you drop into the fetal position and cover your head. This will protect your vital organs as well.
It’s easier said than done, but DO NOT YELL OR FLAIL ABOUT. You don’t want the bear to think that you’re a threat and if you play dead you increase the odds of surviving. Bears aren’t going to tear you apart if they think you are already dead. If you move before the bear is gone it will re-attack you until it deems the threat gone.
3 Easy Rules to Remember:
- Keep a clean campsite. Never leave dirty dishes or food out as they’ll attract animals.
- Never leave soap or body products laying around. Bears are attracted to sweet scents.
- Women should never hike while menstruating. Bears have been known to violently attack women on their periods.