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How To Survive A Bear Attack

For all those times you were casually strolling and happened upon a bear.

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The easiest way to survive a bear attack is to avoid areas with bears altogether...

But you wouldn’t be reading this article if that was the answer you wanted.

When in an area populated with bears, make noise....

A lot of bear encounters simply arise because the bear has been surprised.
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A lot of bear encounters simply arise because the bear has been surprised.

Now, we’ve all heard of the “playing dead” trick...

But only grizzly bears, aka brown bears, will likely buy into this act and leave you alone.

Brown bears are generally more violent and easily riled. However this trick is vital when dealing with this type of bear and can guarantee you're survival unscathed. Grizzly bears can be escaped with bear spray. It is imperative you don't run or tease.
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Brown bears are generally more violent and easily riled. However this trick is vital when dealing with this type of bear and can guarantee you're survival unscathed.

Grizzly bears can be escaped with bear spray. It is imperative you don't run or tease.

Do NOT try this with black bears.

The trick works with brown bears ONLY.
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The trick works with brown bears ONLY.

The tricky thing is, brown bears can have black fur and black bears can have brown fur.

The best way to tell them apart is by the size of their shoulders, the profile of their face, and the length of their claws.

Once you're face to face with the bear...

Most bear attacks go awry due to misunderstandings on both sides. It's important you keep your head on straight and think before you act.
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Most bear attacks go awry due to misunderstandings on both sides. It's important you keep your head on straight and think before you act.

The best thing to do is stay calm and identify yourself as human.

Bears usually attack because they are starved or startled. They don't want to attack you for kicks. Talk to the bear. Introduce yourself. Let it know you are a human being and not prey.
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Bears usually attack because they are starved or startled. They don't want to attack you for kicks. Talk to the bear. Introduce yourself. Let it know you are a human being and not prey.

Bears sometimes pretend they’re going to attack, then turn and run off at the last second.

Ha. Cheeky buggers. It's better than the alternative, though.
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Ha. Cheeky buggers. It's better than the alternative, though.

Try to escape. Walk sideways. Walk slowly.

If the bear is standing still, you might be able to sneak away like this without posing a threat.
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If the bear is standing still, you might be able to sneak away like this without posing a threat.

If you see a bear cub, it's not going to be pretty. Mother bears are fiercely protective of their own.

If there is no means of escape. FIGHT BACK!

This is a last resort option. It is possible to make it out of most encounters with bears. If the bear attacks or if there is no means of escape, you have to fight back. Concentrate on getting blows to the bear's face.
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This is a last resort option. It is possible to make it out of most encounters with bears. If the bear attacks or if there is no means of escape, you have to fight back. Concentrate on getting blows to the bear's face.

DISCLAIMER: Bears don't want to kill people. There are more occurrences of us killing them than them killing us.

Bears are cool guys. Don't put them in this type of situation knowingly. They deserve better.
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Bears are cool guys. Don't put them in this type of situation knowingly. They deserve better.

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