Black bears don’t like surprises and are nothing like friendly cartoon bears.
Bears are smart, curious, powerful and potentially dangerous to humans.
If you are a hiker, cyclist, jogger, berry picker, or you plan to spend some time in “bear country,” you need to know how bears behave so that you can avoid an encounter.
The MNR suggests in a life-threatening emergency with a bear, call your local police or 911.
Becoming BEAR WISE might be a better plan BEFORE that happens.
The MNR also suggest the following tips.
Bears usually avoid humans. Generally you won’t see a bear even if one is close by. Remember, you are a visitor in the bear’s home range, so do all you can to avoid encounters.
Make noise as you move through wooded areas – especially in areas where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls.
Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.
Travel with others if possible.
Be aware of your surroundings:
Do not wear headphones.
Keep an eye out for signs of bears, such as tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks or fresh bear droppings.
Carry and have readily accessible a whistle or an air horn, and bear spray.
Know how to use this spray – practise on a stationary object to get the feel for how the canister sprays, and to know its limitations.
Consider carrying a long-handled axe, particularly if you are in “back country.”
Avoid strong fragrances that may cause a bear to be curious; put any food you are carrying in sealed containers in your pack.
If you are out with a dog, control it. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.
While berry picking, occasionally scan your surroundings to check for bears, and rise slowly from your crouched position so you don’t startle any nearby bears. They may not recognize you as a human when you are in a crouched position.
Ministry of Natural Resources
I might add
Stay Safe and Be Aware, you cell phone isn’t going to stop a bear attack.
Peter – Ripple Outdoors