–Debbie Read, Wild Wise Sooke, Community Coordinator.
A recent bear attack on a man sleeping outside in Sioux Lookout has some northerners wondering how to deal with surprise encounters with black bears.
- Remain calm and make casual conversation. Do not run. Stand still and talk to the bear in a calm voice.
- Arm your pepper spray … but don’t use it just yet
- Wait for the bear to leave. If the bear gets closer, slowly back away while talking in a quiet, monotone voice. No screaming, or eye contact.
- If the bear doesn’t leave, be persuasive: Make sure the bear has a clear escape route. Now is the time to yell, make yourself look bigger, wave your arms, throw objects, jingle your bear bells, blow your air horn.
- Bear still there, and getting closer? Time to use your pepper spray if the bear is within 7 metres.
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