Quick Answer: How do you react to a black bear?

Stand and face the bear directly. Never run away from or approach him. Make yourself look as big as possible by spreading your arms or, better yet, a coat. Make as much noise as possible by yelling, banging pots and pans or using other noisemaking devices.

How do you react to an aggressive bear?

Here’s what the experts say:

  1. If you encounter a grizzly, do not run.
  2. Avoid direct eye contact.
  3. Walk away slowly, if the bear is not approaching.
  4. If the bear charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it).
  5. Don’t scream or yell. …
  6. If you have pepper spray, prepare to use it.

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.

Can you outsmart a bear?

“It might work a few times around,” muses Kerry Gunther, a bear-management biologist at Yellowstone National Park. “But the bears have four-wheel drive — four legs — and you have two. They have studded tires — big claws. … They’re faster than Olympic sprinters, so there’s no human who can outrun a bear.

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