To avoid an encounter with a bear, hike and travel in groups, do not allow bears access to your food and leave the area if you see a bear. If you are attacked by a brown or grizzly bear, leave your backpack on and play dead by laying flat on your stomach with your hands behind your neck and legs spread.
What should you not do when confronted by a bear?
Here’s what the experts say:
Avoid direct eye contact. Walk away slowly, if the bear is not approaching. If the bear charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it). Don’t scream or yell.
Should you play dead with a bear?
If any bear attacks you in your tent, or stalks you and then attacks, do NOT play dead—ﬁght back! This kind of attack is very rare, but can be serious because it often means the bear is looking for food and sees you as prey. … It is used defensively to stop an aggressive, charging, or attacking bear.
Can I shoot a bear if it attacks me?
Firearms are not recommended for stopping an attack.
Using a firearm during a bear attack may only worsen the attack. An injured bear will be more aggressive, especially during a fight.
What to do with a black bear after you kill it?
Get a lot of fine salt on the hide as quickly as possible, if you are planning to keep it. This will help set the fur and make for a better mount. DON’T put the hide in a plastic bag or container! If possible and legal where you’re hunting, skin the bear on the spot, then quarter it and remove the loins.
What smells do bears hate?
Bears also dislike the strong scent of pine-based cleaners, but avoid using anything with a fresh, lemony or fruity smell. And never mix bleach and ammonia; the combination produces fumes that can be deadly to both people and bears.
Are bears scared of dogs?
Bears are naturally afraid of dogs, and being chased by them often changes the bears’ behavior. They are far more likely to avoid an area after a dog has charged after them, even if it happened in a spot that they had visited many times.