Don't Push a Friend Down in Order to Escape a Bear

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So, the story goes like this. Two men are hiking in the woods, and they see a bear. The bear is really mad, so they start running to get away. The first man says ‘how are we going to outrun this bear?’ and the other guy goes ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.’

Well, the National Parks Service says, You should never push your friend down in order to escape a bear. True Story, don't beilve me? here's the tweet.

Well that begs the question, what SHOUlD you do if you ever encounter a bear? NPS says, "Once a bear has noticed you and is paying attention to you, additional strategies can help prevent the situation from escalating."

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Identify yourself - We're not talking "hey how are you doing Mr/Mrs Bear, I'm Bob" But apparenly if you by talk calmly so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. It can help the situation

Remain still - stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. This may also Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening. This is the part where you try really hard not to pee your pants.

Stay calm - Most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Do all your panicing INSIDE!

Pick up small children immediately - Otherwise, they are probably gong to be dinner.

Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground... slowly and calmy).

Do NOT allow the bear access to your food.

Do NOT drop your pack - I know it's heave and slowing you down but it can provide protection for your back. Which brings us to the next VERY IMPORTANT point.

Do NOT run - I promise the bear can run faster than you.

If the bear is stationary, move away slowly and sideways - It's non threatening to the bear. (It's kinda common sense to say, don't turn your back on the bear, right?)

Do NOT climb a tree. - Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.

Leave the area - or take a detour.. Always leave the bear an escape route.

Don't get between mama and babies - Be especially cautious if you see a female with cubs; They're kinda protective of their young.

If you follow those few steps, you could live another day to tell the story to your firends and family... and lets face it, if you survive a bear encounter like that... you DESERVE to tell that many times as you want. Uncle Jack can just get over the fact that he's heard it a million times...YOU'RE A SURVIVOR.

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