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Surviving a bear attack is page one in any outdoor lovers survival guide. Catch a grizzly bear on a bad day, and that day can be (very painfully) your last. So the following tips are a must-know for anyone who not just loves the outdoors, but also loves to live to tell about it. Here’s your top 10 bear attack survival tips…
Otherwise known as “hanging your food from a tree out of reach of bears”, bear bagging your food in air-tight containers is step number one as it prevents the attraction of bears to you in the first place.
Ring The Bell
Often times a bear attacks because you’ve startled them. Despite what many think, carrying a bell when you walk won’t attract bears to you, it’ll alert them of your presence so you don’t surprise and startle them.
Just like the last tip, if you’re camping with a partner, practice the art of talking loud to each other. A quiet shout will again, alert the bear to the fact that you’re in the area.
Bear spray is a pepper spray that’ll cause the bear to retract, instead of attack. Should an attacking bear ever confront you, just spray the bear in the face. And oh, don’t make the mistake many do by spraying yourself as a preventive measure beforehand as you’ll just be seasoning yourself for the bear’s meal instead.
Plan Your Escape
Bears have a much larger personal space distance than people do. Approximately 15 to 20 feet is too close for a bear. So if you see a bear, back away until you can no longer see him, and more importantly, he can no longer see you.
Bear’s hind legs are shorter than their front ones. This means it’s very difficult for them to run downhill. While it’s typically advised that you don’t run away from a bear, if you have to, run downhill to stand a better chance of getting away.
The most popular trick you can teach your dog (playing dead), you’re best to teach yourself. Just place your arms over your head and curl up into a tight ball – and DON’T MOVE until the bear is gone! You may end up with some scratches and bites, but at least you’ll survive.
DON’T Climb A Tree
See that image? This is why you don’t climb a tree to get away from an attacking bear.
Stand Your Ground
Standing your ground (especially if you’re with another person) may just intimidate the bear, causing it to retreat. The trick is to make yourself seem as big and menacing as possible.
Carry A Gun
In nature; it’s kill or be killed. Thankfully you have the right to bear arms – no pun intended. It’s not rocket science; the best way to prevent a bear attack and stay alive is to bring a gun. Just make sure you shoot to kill, because once you shoot a bear, he’ll go nuts on you in a crazed frenzied attack.