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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Be Bear Aware

Living Smart With Wildlife

While you are in bear country, attacks by bears remain extremely rare.  Managing and storing attractants in your area, is the best way to avoid bears from visiting your area. 

 When exploring the area, be sure to:

  • Carry bear spray
  • Keeps pets on leash, 
  • travel in groups

 If you encounter a bear in the wild, follow these steps:

  • Stay calm and do not run. Stay with your group and keep children close. 
  • Back away if you see cubs or an animal carcass. The bear will want to protect them.
  • Prepare to defend yourself with bear spray.
  • Back away, leaving the way you came. Keep your eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively.
  • Look for a place to hide, such as a car or building.
  • Speak to the bear in a soft, low voice. Let the bear know that you are human and not prey

BearSmart guide to recreating safely

Report any wildlife safety concerns (bear conflict) to the Report a Poacher line 1-800-642-3800 or online at Report A Poacher

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