Grizzly bear attacks

Grizzly bear attack

There are many things that you can do to decrease the risk of a Grizzly bear attack dramatically. Grizzly bear attacks do occur, but they would be much rarer if people took the time to learn a little more about these majestic animals and followed a set of simple rules when venturing into known Grizzly bear habitat. The Grizzly bear is not a vicious animal and it prefers to stay out of the way of humans, but when an attack occurs it can be lethal and the Grizzly bear should therefore always be approached with caution and respect. The best way of avoiding an attack is naturally to never approach a Grizzly bear. You should also refrain from engaging in activities that can attract the Grizzly bear, such as throwing garbage near you tent while camping.

The Grizzly bear is found in exhilaration environments that we love to enjoy for their scenic beauty, amazing wildlife and abundance of outdoor activity opportunities. Staying away from these environments because you are afraid of Grizzly bear attacks would be a large sacrifice. This is why we have compiled a list of helpful tips and guideless that can help you to decrease the risk of a Grizzly bear attack dramatically. We can naturally never promise that 100% of the tips will prove helpful in all possible situations; they are only to be viewed as general guidelines and helpful suggestions.

  • Learn more about the area that you plan to visit. Ask park officials if there is any documented Grizzly bear activity in the region. Park officials can often tell you a lot about the current Grizzly bear situation, let you know if you should avoid any particular area, provide you with specific guidelines regarding their park etcetera.
  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings when you are travelling on trails during the night or at dusk.
  • Food smell can attract Grizzly bears and might provoke a Grizzly bear attack. Do not leave food out around your tent or camp site. All types of food should be kept in sealed containers. If you know that you live close to Grizzly bears and want to be really, really careful in order to avoid a Grizzly bear attack you can refrain from cooking close to camp. You can also choose to store your food at least 100 yards away from your camp site, preferably at least 15 feet up in a high tree.
  • If you make a lot of noise the bear will hear you and most likely decide to leave the area. Always make some noise when you reach blind curves or travel in areas where the vision is limited, e.g. in dense vegetation.
  • Having the wind in your back when travelling is a good thing, since this will bring your scent to the Grizzly bear well in advance. A Grizzly bear that picks up human scent will most likely choose to leave the area to avoid a human encounter.
  • Strong winds can be really noisy and prevent the Grizzly bear from hearing your at a distance. This will increase the risk of a Grizzly bear attack since you might surprise the bear and make it feel cornered. The risk is especially high when you have the wind is blowing in your face, since this means that you scent will not be carried forward in the direction of you travel.
  • Dogs can increase the risk of a Grizzly bear attack dramatically since many dogs will instinctively harass, or at least annoy, the Grizzly bear. If your dog gets scared by a Grizzly bear, chances are high the dog will come running back to you and bring the bear along.
  • If you find a carcass you should leave the spot as soon as possible. Bears will often come back to the same carcass several times over the course of several days and can be very protective of their food.
  • If you spot a Grizzly bear cub, there is definitely an adult bear somewhere nearby. Female Grizzly bears are extremely protective of their young and more aggressive than other Grizzly bears since they must guard their vulnerable offspring. Leave the spot as soon as possible.
  • It is always a good idea to bring a travel companion along when you hike. If something happens to one of you, the other one can get help. Two persons will also typically be chattier than one person and your voices will scare away the Grizzly bear well in advance. Travelling in a group is even better.

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