Bears are on the comeback. Here’s what to do

Because of regulations and more habitats, bears are on the comeback

It turns out that because of more regulated hunting and increased land for their habitats, there are more bears.

The chances of being injured by a bear are approximately 1 in 2.1 million, according to the National Park Service. In other words, you’re more likely to be killed by a bee than a bear.

Because of regulations and more habitats, bears are on the comeback. Watch out.
Not sure we believe the stats.

That being said, National Geographic’s got a few tips to be aware of:

  • Carry Bear Spray, a type of pepper spray for bears
  • Travel in groups. And bring your dog.
  • Your reaction depends on the type of bear. For black bears, make a commotion. For grizzlys, do the opposite. (this is not a foolproof strategy)
  • Do not run. They are faster than you. But you can walk away slowly.
  • Only play dead after contact.
  • Since 1970, Yellowstone National Park has tracked bear encounters and found that those who play dead when attacked by a bear during a surprise encounter only got minor injuries 75 percent of the time. Those who fought back, on the other hand, suffered severe injuries 80 percent of the time.

    Source National Geographic
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