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.”
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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 well-being?
Stay safe and be prepared!
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