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Grizzly Attacks: What do you do?

10 Points to Remember if you Encounter a Grizzly Bear:

Grizzly Bear

By Bobisbob at en.wikipedia (Original text : Nickles, Jon) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

  1. If you encounter a grizzly bear in the wild or woods, Do Not Run!
  2. Avoid direct eye contact.
  3. Walk away slowly, if the bear is not approaching.
  4. Never turn your back to a Grizzly. (Grizzly bears have been recorded to run at speeds upward of 30 mph or 48 km/h)
  5. If the bear charges, get prepared to stand your ground. (Food for thought, you’re not going to out run the bear. The average human can run at speeds of 15 mph over short distance.)  Do the Math!
  6. Don’t scream or yell. Speak in a soft monotone voice and wave your arms to let the animal know you are human.
  7. If the bear continues towards you, and makes contact, curl up into a ball on your side, or lie flat on your stomach.

    Grizzly Bear Denali

    “Grizzly Denali Crop”. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

  8. Try not to panic; remain as quiet as possible until the attack ends.
  9. If you survive the attack.  Be sure the bear has left the area before getting up to seek help.

For more bare facts, See our article: 10 Bear Myths


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