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Bear safety according to Parks Canada. This is a summary of some of the information. For more visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mtn/ours-bears/securite-safety/ours-humains-bears-people
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Avoid An Encounter
. Let the bears know you are there.
Watch for fresh bear signs like tracks and droppings.
Keep your dog on a
at all times. Dogs can provoke defensive behaviour in bears.
Larger group sizes are less likely to have s erious bear encounter. Groups of
or more are recommended.
marked paths and trails.
If you come across a large dead animal,
the area immediately.
Dispose of fish offal in fast moving streams or the deep part of a lake.
If You See a Bear
Stop and remain calm. Get ready to use bear spray. Do not
If the bear is unaware of your presence, move away calmly and quietly.
If the bear is aware of your presence stay
. Never run! Running is a trigger pursuit.
Speak to the bear. Talk calmly and firmly. This lets the bear know you are not a prey animal.
Make yourself appear
Do not drop your
. It can provide protection.
If The Bear Approaches
Is it defensive? The bear is feeding, protecting its
, it sees you are a threat.
Try to appear non-
Talk in a calm voice.
When the bear
advancing, start slowly moving away.
If it keeps coming closer,
stand your ground
, keep talking, and use bear spray.
If the bear makes contact, fall to the ground and
Is it non-defensive? The bear may be curious, after your
or testing its dominance.
Talk in a firm voice.
Move out of the bear's
If it follows you, stop and stand your ground.
loudly and act aggressively.
If it approaches closely, use your bear spray.
Handling an Attack
Is it defensive? This is the most common stype of attack.
If the bear makes contact, play dead.
Is it predatory? The bear is
you along a trail and then attacks. Or, the bear attacks at night.
Try to escape into a building, car, or up a
If you cannot escape, do not play dead.
Use your bear spray and
. Intimidate the bear by shouting, hitting with branches or rocks, or whatever else it takes.
in designated areas where provided.
If random camping, set up cooking, eating, and food storage at least
metres downwind from your tent.
Keep your campsite odour-free.
Leave smelly cosmetics at
. Store toiletries with the food.
Store food, pet food, livestock feed, and garbage away from your tent.
Wash and store all dishes and food utensils
. Do not burn or bury it.
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