When Bears Attack!
Jesse and Lewis had been hiking all day with heavy packs
across the wide open tundra. It was towards the end of the
day when they saw a HUGE grizzly bear standing up on its
hind feet about 300 meters away.
Knowing the ways of bears they both froze, daring not to
move for fear of giving away their position. Both sensed the
direction of the wind and realized their scent was carried
directly towards the curious bruin. And at that moment they
could see, even from such a great distance, the bear’s nose
tweak, sniffing those molecules that shouted “Dinner!”
Lewis became worried, more so when the bear let out a great
roar and launched on all fours in their direction. He
reached for his rifle he watched as Jesse sat calmly down on
the tundra, took off his pack, opened it and brought out a
pair of never used running shoes. As the bear rapidly
approached Jessie pulled off his hiking boots and calmly put
the shoes on.
“What are you doing?” Lewis yelled. “You know you can’t
outrun a bear!”
Jesse looked up just as he was finishing lacing his shoes.
“Yea, I know. But you see, I don’t have to outrun the
bear. I just have to outrun you.”
All kidding aside, bears are no joke. You don’t even have
to be deep in the woods to worry about bears. Even in
your backyard, you may encounter a bear if you are living
anywhere near bear country. No, I’m not talking about the
Chicago area, those Bears are virtually harmless…
Just the other day, a woman in Colorado was clawed by a
bear. She opened her front door to figure out what her dogs
were barking at. Stepping out onto he porch, she came face
to face with the bear who took a swipe at her. Luckily for
her, her wounds were not life-threatening.
This time of year is when the bears are ending their time in
hibernation. They are hungry after the past few months of
slumber and are looking for food. Greasy barbecues, food in
your garbage, bird feeders, even car air fresheners may
entice a bear to investigate further, wrecking havoc on
anything in their path.
When hiking in bear country, always make your presence
known. Avoid surprising a bear. Make plenty of noise near
dense vegetation or areas of limited visibility. Remain
aware of your surroundings and look for signs of recent bear
activities, tracks, or scat. Avoid areas where bears might
feed such as berry patches, stream sides, white bark pine
stands. Carry bear pepper spray and keep it within easy
reach. Know how to use it.
When camping in bear country, be sure to store your food in
plastic away from your campsite. Hang the food from a tree
at least 14 feet above ground and four feet away from the
trunk. Avoid camping near stream sides, where bears like to
frequent, or next to bushes where visibility is limited.
If you see a bear, keep your distance and allow the bear
every opportunity to avoid you. If the bear continues to
approach you, it is most likely trying to identify what you
are. Remain calm. A standing bear is usually curious, not
threatening. Identify yourself by talking in a normal voice.
Try to back away slowly at a diagonal angle. If the bear
follows, stop and hold your ground. Don’t run. Bears can
reach speeds of 35 mph, and like dogs, they will chase
fleeing animals. If the bear gets too close, wave your arms,
raise your voice, and be more aggressive. Never make
high-pitched squeals or attempt to sound like a bear.
If you are attacked by a grizzly bear, fall to the ground
and play dead. Typically a bear will break off its attack
once the threat is removed. Remain motionless as long as
possible. On the contrary, if you are attacked by a black
bear, fight back vigorously. Throw stones.
Remember, bear attacks are rare, and most can be avoided
with the proper precautions. Always maintain a healthy
respect for wildlife. Never feed animals, and be sure to
keep an appropriate distance. The Sierra Club wants the
Forest Service to require everyone who enters a national
forest in grizzly bear country to carry bear spray.
Spokeswoman Heidi Godwin said in a news release, “The
proper use of bear pepper spray will reduce human injuries
caused by bears, reduce the number of grizzly bears killed
in self defense, and help promote the recovery and survival
of the grizzly bear.”
Guard Alaska 20% ultra hot bear pepper spray has proven so
effective repelling bears, it is the only one registered
with the EPA as a repellent for ALL SPECIES of bear!
It is absolutely the most effective and powerful defensive
bear spray available today. It is environmentally safe! Does
not contain flammable or ozone depleting substances. The
formula is scientifically proven superior, and endorsed by
the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation. You need
something you can depend on in the woods. Bear pepper spray
is an effective deterrent to attacking bears. Treat all bear
encounters with extreme caution.
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection
to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal
Stay safe and be prepared!
Yours in Safety,
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