Frequent question: What should you do if you encounter a bear in Alaska?

Try to back away slowly, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Prepare your deterrent if you have one. If a bear cannot tell what you are, it may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.

What to do if you meet up with a bear?

If you encounter a bear on the trail, or in your campsite, stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation. Identify yourself by speaking in a calm, appeasing tone. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, don’t run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it will react.

What to do if you encounter an aggressive bear?

Here are a few tips when it comes to dealing with bears.

  1. Keep food scents inside. Wildlife ecologist Graham Forbes says tip number one is “Don’t create a situation where they want to come where you are living.” …
  2. Don’t sneak up on a bear, make noise. …
  3. Remain calm. …
  4. Don’t turn and run away. …
  5. Fight back if you’re being attacked.

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.

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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.

What should you not do during a bear attack?

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 is the deadliest animal in Alaska?

There’s no doubt that the polar is among the most dangerous animals in Alaska! With a beefy stature that can see the largest male specimens weighing in at a car-crushing 770 kilograms, they’re enough to dwarf even the formidable grizzly.

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.

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