If you are attacked by a brown or grizzly bear leave your. Just slowly back away before the bear sees you.
Don t make direct eye contact but keep a close look at the bear as you back away.
What to do when encountering a bear. Then move away quietly in the opposite direction. When encountering a defensive black bear face the bear directly and try to appear as large as possible. If your bear encounter turns into a stand off you ll want to hold your ground and begin talking to the animal in a clear strong voice.
Stand still don t approach and enjoy the moment. If you have enough time and the bear continues to move closer take advantage of a tall tree to climb. If you encounter a bear that s aware of you.
Running may trigger a chase response. Don t do anything stupid like stopping to take a photo. Black bears are excellent climbers.
Bear spray is the most effective deterrent in bear encounters herrero 76 explains that when a 500lb beast is charging you at 30 mph a bullet is very small and can easily miss or injure rather. If you see a bear before it notices you. Make as much noise as possible by yelling very loudly don t worry about waking people up if it s nighttime.
The same rules for encountering a black bear apply here. Don t climb a tree. 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.
Wait for a while so the bear has time to leave the trail or make a wide detour around the bear. If you are in a developed area e g campground parking lot lodging area or if a bear approaches you act immediately to scare it away. Climb a tree if available.
This will help to let it know that you are not prey which is usually enough to dissuade the animal from attacking. Keep your backpack on as it can provide protection if necessary. Spread or wave your arms ideally holding a sweater or coat and move to higher ground if you can.
Back away slowly in the opposite direction and wait for the bear to leave. In any case always let a ranger know or leave a message at 209 372 0322.