Are you looking for bear attack tips? Here is the most important tip of all:
If you get into an argument with a bear, you are at an enormous disadvantage. Here's why:
Look at the size of this bear paw print beside my son's hand. Bears are big!
In fact, one bear is stronger than your entire family put together.
Some bears are bigger than others - but any adult will weigh at least several hundred pounds. A male Kodiak bear can weigh 2000 pounds!
It can sprint 30 miles (50 km) per hour.
Since you are doing your research in advance (good for you!) why not learn how to minimize the chance of a bear encounter, rather than having to deal with a bear attack?
Taking some simple precautions - like hiking in a group and making lots of noise - will minimize your chances of ever meeting a bear.
Okay, let's say you have read that information and have taken all of the
appropriate precautions - and you encounter a bear anyway. It happens.
What to do now?
There is no one good answer about how to respond to a bear encounter or bear attack.
Here are some of the best bear attack tips out there - but in the unlikely event that you have an encounter with a bear, you'll need to use your own brain and intuition.
The bear safety literature used to emphasize the difference between black bears and grizzly bears.
Grizzly bears are more aggressive. Black bears are less so. So, they say, if you encounter a grizzly bear, you should fight back, and if you encounter a black bear, you should back away.
According to the old information, if you studied a bear's physical characteristics - its profile, its facial structure, its fur - you'd know what kind of bear it was and you'd react accordingly.
That's very interesting, but would you be able to identify a bear's characteristics in a split second, under very stressful conditions? I know that I wouldn't!
I can barely tell the difference between a "Roman" face and a "dished" face when I am looking at labelled pictures of bears.
Besides, I can never remember which profile belongs to which bear!
Remind me - which kind has the hump on its back?
The newer bear attack tips make much more sense to me. Instead of studying a bear's physical characteristics, pay attention to what the bear communicates with its behavior.
A bear's behavior can communicate its intent fairly clearly.
Here's what a bear might do if it is wondering how dangerous you are:
Here's how to show a bear that you are not anything to worry about:
If the bear is advancing
When the bear has stopped advancing
On the other hand, a bear may have other ideas.
Here's what a bear might do to assess whether you are easy prey:
If a bear is indicating that it wants you for supper, drop your pack or your food and slowly move away. Perhaps your food is enough to keep the bear happy.
If the bear continues to advance on you, here's how to show it that you are not an easy meal.
If all of this is ineffective and the bear continues to advance,
If the bear gets closer,
Keep in mind that this is extremely rare. These bear attack tips will probably never be needed in your lifetime!
If you are attacked by a bear,
If the bear doesn't stop the attack within a minute
Store these tips away in your brain with all of the other "good to know but probably unnecessary" pieces of knowledge.