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Should You Worry About Bears On A Hike

Should You Worry About Bears On A Hike

Think about being in the middle of a jungle on a hike when you see a big hairy bear coming out of bushes. Sounds like that would be the end of your adventure unless you have come prepared.

Bears are dangerous, especially when you are in their territory. If you often go hiking in areas with regular bear sightings, it’s possible you could encounter one someday.

The only thing that could save you from a bear on a hike is how you prepare for this scenario now.  

How to stay safe?

It’s totally unfair to give up hiking in lush forests because you fear meeting a bear on the way. It’s so much fun that you can miss camping and hiking in these areas. Just make sure you take all the precautionary measures so that you can stay safe when a bear comes visiting you.

Follow these useful tips on your next hike.

Ignore common myths you hear about bears

You must’ve heard some of these.

  • Don’t stare a bear in the eyes
  • Wave your arms over your head when you see a bear
  • Try to dance so that the bear starts dancing with you

Believe it or not, none of this ever works. In the end, you’d only make a fool of yourself before the bear gets irritated and decides to attack you.

Carry bear spray with you on hikes

When you know that possibility of meeting a bear is high, carry a bear deterrent such as a bear spray. It’s better than a gun and doesn’t take a lot of space in your backpack.

According to a recent research, carrying bear spray keeps you safe in areas with bears. They looked at 133 bear attacks and found only three people were injured. They all carried bear spray. That means when you have this spray with you, getting injured is only a distant possibility.

Guns are good for killing but is that what you want to do with the bear who thinks of you as an intruder? Sure you want to stay safe but when you can use a deterrent technique like bear spray, why kill the bear?

Pay attention to your surroundings

Carrying a bear spray or a loaded gun with you isn’t going to help you if you are not paying attention to your surroundings.

Bears can be quite dangerous when you are not aware of their presence. Even when you have a weapon that could kill the bear, you won’t survive if you realize the beast’s presence only a few seconds before it attacks you. There won’t be enough time to react.

Fight the bear

I know it sounds courageous but you don’t have to do that. You are not going to win a fight so you will find a better way to make the bear run away.

It’s best to avoid areas with high bear density. Stay out of trouble. But if you end up getting too close to a bear, make some noise. Clap and talk loud to distract the bear. Throw some food away and maybe the bear will go for it, leaving you alone.

If nothing works, stand your ground and take out the bear spray. As the bear comes closer, hold the spray in both your hands, say ‘cheers’ and spray on the bear.

So, it comes down to this simple conclusion.

Use your brain and bear spray. Don’t run away or do stupid dances. Bears are not smart enough to understand what you are doing. Take some friends with you when planning camping and hiking in remote areas. It’s safer when you are in a group.

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