Encountering a bear: safety rules

How can you avoid coming into contact with these predators? Unless observing bears is the goal of your excursion, which has been organized by professionals, it is best to try to avoid an encounter with them. What to do/not to do:

Do not travel alone.

Try to talk loudly, make noise so that bears will not come when they hear you from far away.

Do not approach cubs and or touch them under any circumstances: their parents, who are probably nearby, will definitely not like it.

Try to cook and keep supplies at a distance from your camp: the smell of food can attract bears.

If you have encountered a bear:

Do not panic and do not make sudden movements: as a rule, these animals are not aggressive and fear you as much as you fear them/

Do not stand in the path of the bear's retreat: if a bear has nowhere to hide, it will resort to launching an attack.

Do not run unless there is a safe place to take shelter nearby: you cannot outrun a bear (they can run at speeds of up to 60 km/h), and it will perceive a moving object as potential prey.

If a bear has launched an attack and you have no way of hiding, lie down on the ground and try not to move; perhaps the bear will stop perceiving you as a threat or potential prey and will leave.

Only use weapons if there are no other ways to defend yourself and you know how to use them.