1. Tie on a bear bell and you’re good.
2. Bears are slow.
3. Bears are skittish.
4. If the bear charges, you’re S.O.L.
1. FALSE. No study supports this feel-good measure. Talk loudly as you hike to alert nearby bruins.
2. FALSE. A bear can run 30 mph. Can you? Slowly back away, and speak in a calm, monotone voice to establish that you’re a human, not a threat. 3. TRUE. If the bear approaches (even after a calm talking-to), yell, wave your arms, and stand together if you’re in a group.
4. FALSE. If the bear precedes the charge with huffing, hopping, or jaw popping, it’s likely a bluff; stand your ground. Not sure? Play dead (lay belly down; protect your neck with your hands). If the bear turns predatory, it’s time to defend yourself (see right).
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