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June 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

Every year, especially in summer, millions of Americans head to the mountains for various recreational activities including hiking, backpacking, camping and fishing. It is just a little bit short of a full-fledged migration. State and federal campgrounds fill up rapidly with people who are on vacation or just want to get away for a day or two. Part of the fun and the adventure of going into the high country is quite frankly the thrill of seeing wildlife such as bears.

Bears are normally very docile creatures, but especially in late spring and early summer when they are mating they can get aggressive. They always get that way when they smell food, and they have some very sensitive noses that can detect food from miles away.

The Florida wildlife department recently put out some safety tips regarding bears and bear attacks. Among other things they had to say was "If the bear paws the ground, huffs and puffs, clacks and snorts, or runs directly at you but stops before reaching you and returns to where it started, it is trying to scare you off. If you stand your ground, the bear will likely stop and move away."

They further advised that whatever you do, don't run away from a bear but continue to slowly back away holding up your arm so you may appear larger to the bear. Running away is like turning on a switch for a bear. He will chase after you; and even though they appear to be lumbering oafs, they can certainly outrun you. And if you think climbing a tree is a good idea forget it. Bears are great tree climbers. They can climb one hundred feet up a tree in 30 seconds and run 35 miles an hour.

Here are some tips in case you do run into a bear.

Avoid eye contact with the bear. Bears view eye contact as aggressive behavior.

Don't run but back away speaking to the bear in a calm voice.

If bears feel threatened they may snort, huff or paw the ground. This is bear speak for "I don't like this situation either."

Whatever you do when you go camping, backpacking, hiking or fishing in the back country or anywhere there are bears nearby, make sure you carry some effective Bear Spray and know how to use it. The correct way to use bear spray is to create a wall of mist between you and a bear. If he does charge at you he will run into the smell of the bear spray and be repelled by it.

Whenever you go into the back country for camping, hiking or fishing carry some Bear Spray and know how to use it.

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