* Hike in a group

* Make noise/talk/sing as you walk

* Keep dog on leash 

* Carry bear spray

* Tape a pair of "googly eyes" to the back of your helmet

* Remain on your bike as long as possible

*If needed, use your bike as a barrier between you and an animal

* Do not store food items where you are sleeping

* Do not keep scented items on you or your camp

* Keep a clean campsite

Advice from BC PARKS:

If you encounter a bear:

* Stay calm

* If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not.

* Back up slowly

* Never turn your back on a bear, or run. Running could trigger an attack.

* Do not stare
* The bear will see a direct stare as a challenge.

* Give it space
* Make sure it has a way to get away, and that you are not blocking access to a bear’s cubs or its food.

If a bear approaches you or charges:

Do not run!

Use your bear spray as it approaches

Play dead or fight back

  • Defensive attack 
    Usually, bears charge or attack because they are feeling threatened. Use your bear spray. If you don’t have bear spray and the bear makes contact with you – roll on your stomach, cover the back of your neck, remain still and play dead, they will lose interest and leave. Do NOT run!

  • Predatory attack
    In rare cases, a bear may see a human as prey and stalk you along a trail. In these cases, try to escape into a building, car or up a tree.� If you cannot escape and the bear charges, use your bear spray, lacking that, use anything at your disposal to fight off the bear (rocks, sticks, hiking poles).

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