Bear Defense 101 – How to Stay Safe?

Adventurous people enjoy traveling the wild. It’s only natural to do activities which suit your tastes but safety measures need to be taken first. Bears are one of the most common animals of the wild which attack humans. Most areas where they are located, warning have been placed. Now, it’s up to those adventure lovers out there to keep themselves safe.  The following measures would come in handy to prevent or during a bear attack.

Remaining Calm

Bears are species that react negatively to the commotion. It is best to stay calm in these situations. Do not make any sudden movements. Do not try to run away as bears are good chasers. They will attack you because they might find your actions to be threatening. Try to speak in a low and humble voice to the bear and slowly back away. Back out only in circumstances when there is enough distance between you and the bear.

Carrying Pepper Spray

We assume you will be carrying proper equipment to ward off the bear if it shows up. Although it is best to escape after you shoot the predator with a firearm because chances of escape are easier, harming the wildlife is wrong. Then it is better to keep a pepper spray at hand. Remember to only use this when you have put some distance between yourself and the bear. This measure should only be taken in cases if the bear is trying to hurt you without you provoking it.

Climb to Higher Places

After backing out from a bear’s either defensive or predatory attack, it is best to find a high place to climb. This way you will be out of the bear’s line of site. Recommended places are tall trees or high cliffs. If the bear can not find you in a certain amount of time, it will eventually leave.

Frighten the Bear

This tactic should only be used when there is predatory attack otherwise it should not be in your options. Carry deterrents like noisemakers and scare the bear. Stand on rocks and make yourself look intimidating. Jump up and down and scream. Your pepper spray would also come in handy here. After the bear starts taking any protective measures, you should escape to high places as mentioned above.

Playing Dead

This may be a clichéd technique but it will work in situations where the bear may be attacking to defend itself. This basically means to show yourself harmless to the predator. Pause all your movements and remain still until the bear analysis the status of your body and leaves. You should not suddenly move otherwise you will offend the bear. Remember to not use this method if there is a predatory attack from the bear.

Appropriate outfit

Your outfit should be fully covered, not revealing any flesh. No deodorants or perfumes should be applied as the bears have a strong sense of smell. They would react to the smell.  You should easily be able to move in your clothes as you might need to run.