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What to do if you encounter a bear on a park outing?

Encountering a bear or other beast of prey is one of the risks you may face on an outing in the park. While this happens relatively rarely, knowing a few ways to protect yourself can help you stay calm and take the right action in such a situation. Here are some really solid ways to protect yourself:

keep Calm:
When encountering a bear or other beast of prey, your first priority is to remain calm. Do not panic, try to be as quiet as possible and avoid sudden loud noises or sudden movements as this may irritate the beast.

Do not provoke or approach:
Keep your distance from beasts of prey and avoid provoking them. Try to stay away from the beast and keep a certain safe distance.

Don’t turn and run:
The movement of predators to flee may trigger their hunting instincts. So don’t turn around and run away, because the beast may chase you. Keeping your face facing the beast, back away slowly, trying to maintain eye contact with them.

Expand your size:
If a beast of prey approaches you and shows signs of attack, try increasing your size to appear more threatening. You can raise your hands, open your coat, and show your presence.

Avoid direct eye contact:
Looking straight in the eyes of a beast of prey may be seen by them as a challenge or a threat. Avoid direct eye contact and try not to stare into their eyes.

Use protective tools:
If you expect to encounter predators while hiking or camping, consider carrying protective gear, such as spray. These sprays can be used to repel predators, but make sure you know how to use them properly.

If an attack cannot be avoided, take defensive measures:
If a beast of prey attacks, you need to protect yourself. In the case of bears, it is usually recommended to lie on the ground, face down to protect the neck and abdomen, and protect the neck with the arms. For other beasts, try to protect the neck and face as much as possible.

Seek professional help:
If you are injured or have another emergency during an encounter with a beast of prey, seek professional help from your local emergency services or wildlife management as soon as possible.

It’s important to remember that encounters with beasts of prey are uncommon, and most beasts of prey will avoid confrontations with humans. Following park rules and warning signs, and respecting the living spaces of wild animals, can reduce the likelihood of encounters with predators.

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