An estimated 27 fatal incidences of bear attacks were reported in North America in the 2000’s. Clearly, although bear attacks aren’t as common as you may think, the facts show that it is still wise to know how to keep safe from them. Experts say that most bear attacks are basically territorial based meaning humans wondering in bear territory is what triggered the attacks. Off course the same can be said for bears wondering in human territory but off course, humans need to take the responsibility. Here are some survival tips to ensure that the chances of you getting up close with a bear are greatly reduced.
Knowledge is power
Let’s start by getting to know our furry friends. Alaska and Canada are home to black bears and grizzly bears. Black bears being more common and found in the East and West and part of Central U.S. The Polar bears are only found in Polar Regions of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia. In terms of the most dangerous, they rank as follows (most dangerous on top):
• Polar bears- identifiable by their distinct white color
• Grizzly bears- larger than black bears with a lump of muscle on their backs
• Black bears-black or dark brown without a lump of muscle
Now you know which bears will most likely be in the area you are planning to camp or Hike.
Here’s how a man was attacked by a bear:
Location, Location Location
When camping, one of the first ways to avoid an encounter is finding a place that is visible. No matter how tempting it may be to be nestled in between the bushes, it is a lot safer to camp in the open. This way, you will be able to see any approaching invaders. The location of your leftover food is another critical thing- keep your food as far away as possible from your camp. The scent of food is what will draw them so if you don’t have any plastic containers, keep leftovers in your car far away.
Safety in Numbers
If you are hiking, the saying ‘the more the merrier’ applies to keeping bears away. The more noise you make, the less likely for a bear to show up. Sing, whistle or talk. This allows bears to walk away before you have an encounter. Also keep your eyes open for any signs of bears such as tracks, or feeding areas.
Off course, the best way to stay free from bears is to totally avoid areas where they live. But for those nature adventure lovers, this may not be an option. Remember these preventive measures and save yourself from a bear attack.