With all the current bear attacks going on, the Big Sky Canvas Team wants all of our clients and their friends and family to be safe while exploring bear country. If you’re hunting, camping or hiking in the woods of North America – predominantly Canada, Alaska, Wyoming Washington, Idaho, the Dakotas or Montana it’s possible you could come across a large bear. We have put together a few recommendations for our hunters and hikers on what to do when on an outdoor pursuit in Bear Country.
Make Noise. When entering bear country, you should be sure to make noise to alert them to your presence. Talking, clapping or singing aloud could help remove any doubt about your intentions.
Do not eat near your campsite. When eating or cooking, do so far away from your camp. All leftovers should be wrapped in Tupperware boxes. Bears have a powerful sense of smell. You don’t want a bear drawn in by your foods enticing scent like Yogi to a picnic basket.
Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes open for signs of their company, look for prints, excrement on trails and remnants of animal carcasses.
Carry bear pepper spray. Professionals recommend that all hunters in bear country carry bear pepper spray.
Don’t run. When you run, the bear will see you as prey and will remain hurtling towards you, so stand your ground. Bears can reach speeds of 30 mph. Unless you’re an Olympic sprinter, don’t bother running.
Drop to the ground in the fetal position and cover the back of your neck with your hands. If you don’t have pepper spray or the bear continues to charge even after the spray, this is your next best defense. Hit the ground immediately and curl into the fetal position.
Play dead. Grizzlies will stop attacking when they feel there’s no longer a threat. Once the bear is done attacking you and leaves, remain playing dead. Grizzlies are known for waiting around to see if their prey will get back up.