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....
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.
Do NOT try this with black bears.
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...
The best thing to do is stay calm and identify yourself as human.
Bears sometimes pretend they’re going to attack, then turn and run off at the last second.
Try to escape. Walk sideways. Walk slowly.
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!
DISCLAIMER: Bears don't want to kill people. There are more occurrences of us killing them than them killing us.
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