Quick Answer: Should You Play Dead With A Bear?

Fact: Playing dead will work if you’re being attacked by a mother grizzly defending her cubs.

But it is the wrong thing to do if you’re being attacked by a predatory bear.

If a bear attacks (particularly a black bear) in an offensive manner and physical contact is made, fight for your life.

Should you play dead for a black bear?

Black Bears: If you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or building. If escape is not possible, try to fight back using any object available. Concentrate your kicks and blows on the bear’s face and muzzle.

What to do if you run into a bear?

If you encounter a bear on the trail, or in your campsite, stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation. Identify yourself by speaking in a calm, appeasing tone. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, don’t run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it will react.

Do bears eat dead animals?

Plant foods make up the majority of a bear’s diet – sometimes as much as 90 per cent. However, fish and meat are important sources of protein and fat, though most non-coastal bears rely on carrion (including winter-killed animals).

Do brown bears eat humans?

As a rule, brown bears seldom attack humans on sight, and usually avoid people. They are, however, unpredictable in temperament, and will attack if they are surprised or feel threatened.

How do you scare away a bear?

To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.

What are the most dangerous bears?

Grizzly and polar bears are the most dangerous, but Eurasian brown bears and American black bears have also been known to attack humans.

Is bear spray effective?

Bear spray is a very effective deterrent when used properly. found that bear spray stopped a bear’s “undesirable behavior” in 92% of cases. Further, 98% of persons using bear spray in close-range encounters escaped uninjured. The efficacy of bear spray depends on the situation and circumstances of the attack.

What scares a bear away?

Stand and face the bear directly. Never run away from or approach him. Make yourself look as big as possible by spreading your arms or, better yet, a coat. Make as much noise as possible by yelling, banging pots and pans or using other noisemaking devices.

How smart are bears?

Considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America, bears possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. Zookeepers and animal trainers consider bears to be smarter than dogs.

Do you play dead with brown bears?

Brown/Grizzly Bears: If you are attacked by a brown/grizzly bear, leave your pack on and PLAY DEAD. Lay flat on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck. Spread your legs to make it harder for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area.

Do bears like humans?

Bears, like humans and other animals, have a “critical space” – an area around them that they may defend. They often live near human settlements, whereas grizzly bears prefer to stay away from human settlements and are often extirpated from heavily used or populated areas. Black bears are excellent climbers.

What Bear Do you run from?

If it is a black bear, gather together, stand tall and make lots of noise. If it’s a grizzly, remain still and calm. Properly position the bear spray in your hand. Speak in an appeasing voice and very slowly back away.

How fast is a grizzly bear in mph?

35 miles per hour

Are brown bears aggressive?

Some species are more aggressive than others; sloth bears, Asiatic black bears, and brown bears are more likely to injure people than other species, and the American black bear is comparatively timid.

Does cayenne pepper keep bears away?

Some people spread cayenne pepper in and around their camps, believing that the irritants in the pepper will annoy bears that sniff it. Some people place cups of household ammonia around their site. Apparently the odor irritates a bear sufficiently to keep it out of your site. This technique seems to work well.