When camping in locations where there are bears, certain precautions must be considered. Being prepared for an encounter with a bear should always be kept in mind when venturing into bear territory. Grizzly bears are the most dangerous and most feared by humans. Most grizzlies reside in the northwest portion of the U.S., Alaska and western Canada. Black bears and polar bears are less aggressive but can be harmful if cornered or seeking food. Identifying a safe campsite should be the first priority followed by proper food and garbage disposal.
Tips & Warnings
Don't set up camp near a kill site or area where a dead animal carcass is found. Bears will be attracted to these areas.
Never approach a bear or her cubs; simply walk the other way and slowly leave the area.
If a bear invades the campsite, leave immediately. Do not expect the bear not to come back.
Never run away from a bear. Bears can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Never make direct eye contact. Slowly back away, but do not turn around completely---the bear may take this as a threat.
When using bear spray, it has to be in close range (within 5 feet). Only use as a last resort.
Article Written By Julie Boehlke
Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.