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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.
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