Bear Country Basics
By Don Graydon.
In bear country, stay out of the "personal space" of bears. Try not to surprise them. Make a lot of noise on the trail and in your tent if you see or hear bears. If people get too close, black bears often climb trees to escape - but they may attack, especially to protect their young. Brown bears, especially grizzlies, are more likely to attack (and polar bears think everything they see is food). If confronted directly by a bear, do not run this will almost surely provoke it to attack. Grizzlies are not known to attack parties of four or more persons, so this should be the minimum group size in grizzly country - and everyone should stay together.
If you are involved in a conflict with a bear, regardless of how minor, report it to a park ranger as soon as possible. Another's safety may depend on it. Park rangers and biologists need this information to document bear behavior for research and management purposes.
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