Learn the Worst Things You Can Do If a Bear Attacks – These Tips May Save Your Life!

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: August 17, 2023
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There are several things we put under our belts to learn as humans. Learning how to help someone who is choking, or how to survive if your car is submerged in water, and also perhaps what to do if someone fights us with a knife. Another great thing to add to this list is how to survive a bear attack.

Now, you might be wondering, “Why in the world do I need to learn this?” And the answer is that you never know when you might run into a bear. As we see from the video posted below, there are several instances where everyday people have found a bear in their backyard. 

The video posted below starts by sharing a list of where to jump in the video to see the answers to questions you might be wondering.

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00:00  How to Survive the Worst Things To Do in a Bear Attack

00:53  Know Your Bears

02:22  Don’t Forget Your Gear

03:19  Don’t Climb Trees

03:33  Don’t Pet The Cubs

04:07  Don’t Be Messy

How to Survive the Worst Things To Do in a Bear Attack

Polar bear,Buffalo Zoo,Buffalo,New York

Polar bears can run 25 miles per hour.

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At the beginning of this video, there is one vital tip that is being shared when confronted by a bear. And this tip is, do not run. No matter how scared you might feel, running is perhaps the worst thing you can do.

The video shares that bears are like dogs. And when someone is running, they will give chase. The bear is sizing you up at first. And if you run like a scared rabbit, they will chase that rabbit.

Stand your ground with this bear. Give them a little jump at them to let them know you mean business. Only once they start to back off should we attempt to leave while still staring at them in the eyes slowly. 

Know Your Bears

This next section, at 51 seconds, goes on to share the importance of knowing your bears. Just as we know, there are many different species of animals, and there are many species of bears. 

While it is difficult to find exact research that points to a specific number of animal species, it is estimated there are some 13.6 million species on Earth. Out of these 13.6 million, there are eight species of bear. 

It is important to know which bears are more aggressive and how we should interact when we come across one of them. 

Don’t Forget Your Gear

Bear Spray

Get yourself some bear spray!

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This next section starts at two minutes and 22 seconds and shares the importance of not forgetting your gear when you are in the wild. When we are camping, there is always a possibility that we will come across a bear, and we need to be prepared. 

Always remember your bear spray! Bear spray is defined by the Alaskan government as “made of red pepper oil (oleoresin of capsaicin). It inflames the eyes and upper respiratory system. If used properly, it can effectively deter an aggressive bear.” 

Don’t Climb Trees

Perhaps one of the most important lessons this video share is at three minutes 19 seconds, where they describe the importance of not climbing trees. 

It might seem only natural to know that we cannot outrun a bear. Bears can run up to 35 miles per hour, whereas the average man can only run up to about eight miles per hour. And so it might seem natural to want to climb a tree to get away from the bear chasing you. 

However, guess what? That’s right, you guessed it, bears climb trees. And as they so bluntly put it in the video below, “What did you expect would happen?” 

 Don’t Pet The Cubs

grizzly bears

A mama bear will become highly aggressive if she feels her cubs are threatened.

©iStock.com/John Morrison

The next section at three minutes 33 seconds is on not petting bear cubs. While this point, the video posted below shares might seem like the most obvious point. However, there is a reason it is added to this video tutorial. It is because, for some reason, people are dumb, yes dumb enough, to attempt to put bear cubs.

If there was any chance you might have gotten away from the bear, if you even attempted to pet her cubs, or if she feels you are a threat in any way, you are in big trouble. 

Mama Bear won’t even attempt to let your fake size up do anything for her. She will proceed right into aggression and charge at you. 

 Don’t Be Messy

This next point starts at four minutes and seven seconds and shares the importance of not being messy. While the video shares that might sound like a mom thing, it is equally as true for our survival. Bears have a very good sense of smell. 

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a bear’s smell can be defined as the following. “Bears are thought to have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth. For example, the average dog’s sense of smell is 100 times better than a human’s. A bloodhound’s is 300 times better. A bear’s sense of smell is 7 times better than a bloodhound’s or 2,100 times better than a human’s.”

So, when you are camping or know that you will be nearby a bear’s habitat, clean up your messes. Keep your camp area clean, and don’t leave food just lying around.

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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