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Canada How to protect yourself from all the bears — and why you shouldn’t always play dead

23:06  31 july  2018
23:06  31 july  2018 Source:   nationalpost.com

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How to Protect Yourself When a Bear Attacks: You went camping in a bear populated area didnt you ? Well its alright. 1. Play dead . Only play dead with the one on the right. Always bring bear spray into bear country. In an encounter with a bear , bear spray is the number one object that will keep you

Mother bears are very protective of their cubs. A startled black bear will often send her cubs up a tree while she stands guard at the bottom. Lie on your stomach, clasp your hands behind your neck, and use your elbows and toes to avoid being rolled over. If the bear does roll you , keep rolling until you

When it comes to protecting oneself from bear attacks, the internet is chock full of contradictory information.

Stanton Calling Music Festival Day 2 Performers - Hertfordshire: A music festival crowd. Bears hate everything about this image. © File A music festival crowd. Bears hate everything about this image.

Should you play dead, or never play dead? Should you avert your eyes from a bear to avoid provoking it, or keep your eyes fixed on the animal to gauge its movements?

To find out, the National Post surveyed the whole gauntlet of bear safety advice — everything from Parks Canada and U.S. National Park Service guidelines, to the advice of bear biologists and seasoned outdoorsmen.

The video above provides a good summary, but below are the main points to remember if you plan to be sharing the forest with thousands of hungry, not-at-all cuddly bears.

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Brown and black bears are scattered throughout the United States. Grizzly bears are found pretty much from Canada to Wyoming. Keep yourself face to face with it and just start backing away, while still avoiding eye contact. Don' t turn and run. Running is sort of an invitation for them to run after you .

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Hike in groups and make lots of noise

There are two simple ways to effectively neutralize the risk of a deadly bear encounter: Always take to the trail in groups, and diligently make lots of noise. “We don’t have a single incident in all of North America in which a bear has attacked a group of people,” former U.S. National Park Service research biologist Tom Smith said in a 2017 interview. The average Canadian bear doesn’t want trouble, and will gladly clear out if it hears humans. Most bear encounters are unwanted by both parties: A hiker and a bear accidentally cross paths and are forced into a tense standoff of figuring out each others’ motives. The best way to avoid this is to constantly broadcast one’s presence in the wilderness by clapping, shouting and, if budget permits, pyrotechnic bear bangers. But do not rely on bear bells; they’re way too quiet.

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1. You provoke it yourself . For example, deciding to feed a bear with condensed milk, as explorers A quiet approach is always better than a noisy one. Bears are curious and if you scream, they After a visit to Wrangel Island, I realized that bears are cowardly and very careful, and that you shouldn ’ t be

0523 attic bear: A black bear standing on its hind legs. Although it may seem like the prelude to an attack, a bear may stand up purely to get a better look at you. © File photo/Postmedia Network A black bear standing on its hind legs. Although it may seem like the prelude to an attack, a bear may stand up purely to get a better look at you.

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BearID: Left: Black bear. Right: Grizzly. Only play dead with the one on the right. © Postmedia File Left: Black bear. Right: Grizzly. Only play dead with the one on the right.

Always bring bear spray into bear country

In an encounter with a bear, bear spray is the number one object that will keep you alive. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service compared the bear deterrence of guns versus bear spray. Their conclusion? You’re twice as likely to be injured if you’re shooting a bear rather than bear-spraying it. Parks Canada downplays the wonders of bear spray, writing in their official literature that bear spray “effectiveness is not guaranteed!” The likely reason is that a lot of Parks Canada visitors are inexperienced, and officials don’t want them getting a false sense of security from their can of bear spray. Bear avoidance remains the number one bear safety tactic, but in the rare instance that an encounter cannot be avoided, nothing beats bear spray.

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Only play dead with brown bears or grizzly bears after they've made contact. If the bear (other than a black bear ) is attacking you in self -defense, you can put it at ease by playing dead and lying completely flat on How does playing dead work and why ? wikiHow Contributor. Community Answer.

How to Protect Yourself When a Bear Attacks: You went camping in a bear populated area didnt you ? Well its alright. You still might not die, but only 1. Play dead . Now this takes real dedication if you really want to fool the bear . Bears these days are wayyy smarter than the bears your father fought

Never, EVER run

Unless you’re a few footsteps from a car or cabin, you’re not going to outrun a bear. Despite their roly-poly appearance, a bear can clock up to 55 km/h in short bursts — more than enough speed to catch even Usain Bolt. What’s more, the sight of a running human is likely to prompt a chase instinct in bears. Bottom line: If you’re in the presence of a bear, you’re either going to be calmly backing away, calmly sidestepping away or standing your ground. Standing one’s ground against a 400-pound bear may sound dumb, but it works. Check the video below of a photographer warding off a predatory polar bear. The bear could easily kill the man if it decided to charge, but it holds off for the simple reason that it doesn’t quite know what it might be getting into if it attacks him head-on. The photographer only needs to prove that he’s not an easy meal. The same “stand your ground” rule holds true for other Canadian predators. In 2011 a Vancouver Island teenager riding her bike found herself being stalked by a cougar. So she hopped off the bike, made herself look big and scared off the animal. Had she tried to run, she likely would have been mauled.

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A guide to how you can avoid bear encounters. Their speed and why you can’ t outrun them. The maximum speed a bear has been known to the clock is 40 mph. It’s wise to see playing dead as a last resort because you need to keep your eyes on the bear to adjust your tactics for as long as you

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Know the differences between bears

The vast majority of Canada’s bears are black bears. There are as many as 380,000 black bears compared to only 10,000 to 20,000 grizzly bears. Black bears are generally smaller with pointed teddy bear-style ears, while grizzly bears have an obvious hump. It’s important to tell the difference in order to gauge whether it’s a good idea to play dead in case of attack. Black bears rarely attack, and when they do, playing dead will only accelerate your actual death. “If you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD,” writes the U.S. National Park Service. In that case, the best option is to make oneself look big, start screaming, secure any nearby weapons and convince the bear you’re not worth the trouble. But if a grizzly bear attacks, they’re often just trying to neutralize you as a threat to their young. In those cases, playing dead (laying face down on the ground with your hands over your neck) is a solid plan. Even then, playing dead should only be an option if a grizzly has already made contact. Take the example of two 2016 incidents involving a grizzly bear in Alaska’s Denali National Park. One group of hikers did the correct thing by grouping together, shouting and waving their arms to scare away the bear. Later, another group immediately dropped to the ground to play dead after spotting the bear — prompting the animal to wander over and scratch at one of the prone hikers. “While playing dead is an appropriate response when physical contact with a bear occurs or is imminent, playing dead prematurely can invoke a curiosity response from a bear,” the park wrote in a statement.

Left: Black bear. Right: Grizzly. Only play dead with the one on the right.

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Marathon front runner lost his lead after an encounter with two grizzly bears during the Yukon River Trail Marathon. He rounded a corner in leg three of the race, beside Chadburn Lake. There was a steep hill on one side of the trail, a sharp drop to the lake on the other and two bears in front of him. © Meagan Deuling/CBC Jody Eikelboom (right) pictured with her husband David and baby Elaida, was the first to encounter Brendan Morphet as he backtracked away from the bears. After the race, he used his hands to describe the humps he remembers seeing on the backs of the bears — grizzlies.

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