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What not to do when you are attacked by a bear - NPS

Emeh Joy
By Emeh Joy

Basic Medical Scientist, Freelance Health Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and Business Enthusiast

Wild animal: A bear

As people in different parts of the visit parks and take trips to mountains; they are likely to have a terrifying encounter with wild animals like bear.

The National Park Service (NPS) has offered a few tips on what to do when confronted with such a scenario.

NPS jokingly gave the first tip in a Facebook post as, "Please don't run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself".

Okay, on a serious tone now, the best thing to do isn't to take to your heels. Move away slowly and sideways so you can keep an eye on the bear without tripping.

Bears don't get threatened when you move sideways, but just like dogs, they are much likely to chase fleeing animals.

"Do not climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees. Do not push down a slower friend (even if you think the friend has run its course).

"Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don't we all?" NPS wrote.

Play dead if a drizzly or brown bear attacks you

Another useful tip is to identify yourself by making human noise. When you do this, the bear gets to know you are human and doesn't confuse you for an animal.

Note that a curious bear might draw closer or stand on its hinge legs to examine and smell you. However, it is usually not threatening.

According to NPS, bear attacks are rare; however, you might not be able to predict their behaviours as an attack can lead to severe injuries or even death.

To avoid a personal encounter with a bear, travel or go hiking in groups. Don't allow bears access to your food and exit the area if you sight a bear.

If you get attacked by a grizzly or brown bear, leave your backpack on and play dead by lying flat on your stomach with your hands behind your neck and legs spread apart.

If the bear continues the attack, fight back by hitting it on its face.

If a black bear launches the attack, don't play dead instead, try to escape to a secure location. Or if you can, fight back with any available object, NPS says.

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