Bear Problem: What to Do If You're Charged with a Bear
Summer means an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your family or have a nice outdoor cooking with your Cavemanstyle knives, but this doesn't mean it's all black and white clear. Like any activities, precautions and safety measures should be observe and when it comes to many outdoor activities in the US like hiking and camping, there's one common "threat" - bears.
The American outdoors will never be complete without bears. Depicted as cuddly creators, they are still wild animals that you need to be aware on in case when they charge at you.
What will you do when you come across a bear when hiking in a national park? Or seeing them charging your camp site? Here's what you should do.
What do do when a brown bear charges
There is no point in running, this massive creatures will still catch up with you and see you as a prey as result. When you lie down, you give that "not a threat" signal to the beast and thus will leave you alone.
What to do when you're charged by a black bear
Now this is a different case. A black bear may leave you alone but when they charge you, there is no turning back. You can to show that you are a human and not a prey. Never play dead with a black bear. Find a way to escape but if the black bear attacks, fight back with any object targeting the bear's muzzle and face.
Bear attacks are rare just like being chased or charged. Though it is exciting to see these creatures, they are still wild animals with unpredictable behavior. Here are some things to remember when encountering bears in the wild:
- Stay Calm
- Make yourself bigger
- Show to the bear that you are human and not a prey animal. Wave your arms or go to higher grounds
- No point in running and climbing - these animals will catch up
- Pick up small children and avoid crying and shouting. Bears will see these as prey animal sounds.
- Bring bear spray
So there you have it! This shouldn't detour your from exploring America's national parks but it is always better to be safe than sorry! Enjoy the outdoors!