Ever since I saw a black bear while hiking as a Girl Scout, I’ve been terrified I’d encounter one again. Being an avid hiker and lover of all things outdoors, however, I realize I should conquer my fear. And what better way to do that than to be prepared? Here’s a basic guide for surviving a bear attack!
Make sure you remember:
-Black bears are more timid than grizzly bears. Scaring away a black bear might work, but trying to scare away a grizzly would likely get you hurt.
-NEVER run away from a bear. This makes you seem like prey. Instead, back away slowly.
-If you end up on the ground, cover your head and neck with your arms and curl onto your belly. The bear will try to flip you over– don’t let it.
-If, in the worst case scenario, you end up having to confront the bear, fight with everything you have. Watch out for its claws. If you have bear spray (or pepper spray, or a gun) this is the time to use it!