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August 11, 2017

The first rule is always to view from a safe distance and avoid an encounter. However, if you encounter a bear, (black bear, often cinnamon colored):

1. Identify Yourself. Speak calmly so the bear knows you’re human and not prey. Stand your ground and SLOWLY wave your arms.

2. Saty Calm. Most bears will notattack you. They usually want to be left alone. Do Not Scream.

3. Pick Up Small Children Immediately.

4. Hike, Walk and Bike in Groups. You’ll be noisier and smellier.

5. Make Yourseld Appear Larger, by standing on a rock or higher ground.

6. Do NOT allow the Bear access to your Food.

7. Do NOT drop your Pack. It can provide protection for your back.

8. If the Bear is stationary, Move Away SLOWLY and Sideways.

9. Leave the Area, or take a detour. Always leave the bear and escape route.

10. Be ESPECIALLY cautious if you see a female with cubs. (Spotted in Aztec) NEVER place yourself between a mother ad cub, and NEVER attempt to approach them.

The information in this article is from the National Park Service website, nps.gov


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