Avoiding or Minimizing Bear Encounters
If you see a bear, the action you take depends on the bear's behavior. Most encounters end with the bear leaving the area.
- If you spot a bear before it sees you when traveling or hunting, walk away quickly and quietly.
- If the bear becomes interested and begins to approach, observe the bear’s head and body movements. Back up slowly, avoid eye contact, and speak in a soft monotone.
- If the bear stands upright, it is trying to get a better look and smell. Standing upright is not an aggressive display.
- If the bear charges, stand your ground and avoid direct eye contact—do not run. Bears often bluff charge by running with their head and ears up and with a stiff legged gait.