Backcountry Safety-How To Avoid A Bear Attack
We have been writing about bear attacks and backcountry safety to avoid bear attacks for close to eight years now. Some of these tips that we’re going to share with you in this article we have not seen before, but they make perfect sense. For your own personal safety in the backcountry, whether you’re camping, hiking or just enjoying other outdoor activities, learn from these tips and return home safely.
If you see a bear in the wild he may be more afraid of you, than you are of him. Bears are basically extremely shy and will go out of their way to avoid human contact unless their territory is threatened or their cubs may be in danger from human contact.
Whatever you do, do not run away from a bear. For one thing, bears, even though they appear to be oversized oafs, are very quick afoot and can run a lot faster than you can. The best thing to do is to turn sideways and back pedal out of the area, keeping one eye on the bear. If he starts pawing the ground or making grunting sounds, he is getting ready to attack.
We have always said that you should make yourself appear as big as you can and make as much noise as you can and this may deter an attack-that appears to still hold true. When you’re walking through the backcountry some experts are now suggesting that you wear a loud bell that literally rings with each step that you take. Or consider walking in a group since groups make much more noise than a single person.
The basic idea here is to not surprise a bear. That frightens and stresses them out, making them much more dangerous. Make as much noise as you possibly can, by shouting, clapping or even singing.
It has been proven that Bear Pepper Spray is much more effective at deterring a bear attack than even a handgun. If you wound a bear with a handgun, he will get twice as mad and be much more vicious.
Do not pay any attention to the “bear size, behavior or actions. Treat it like a strong wild beast with unpredictable behavior” because that’s exactly what it is.
Never go into the backcountry without Bear Pepper Spray this according to the Alaska Wildlife Association. To do so is to invite disaster. It can be carried conveniently on a hip in a holster for easy access. The correct way to disperse it is to create a wall of fog between you and the bear so if he does charge at you he will run into it and be repelled by the smell.