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11. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

All good advice!

T-Minus 10 days until departure!

12. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Play dead.
Don't climb a tree.

//Susanna

13. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear encounters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued the following advisory to hikers, hunters, and fishermen while in the field:

It is strongly advised that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle grizzly bears that aren't expecting outdoorsmen to be walking in their habitat. It is also strongly advised that outdoorsmen carry non-lethal pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a grizzly. The Department of Natural Resources for Alaska states it is a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.

Outdoorsmen should be able to recognize the difference between black bear poop and grizzly bear poop:

Black bear poop is small, contains lots of berries, and, occasionally, squirrel fur.

Grizzly bear poop is large, has little bells in it, and smells like pepper.
;)

14. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 128 posts) 10y

Very important info. This stuff is for use on charging bears! It is not something you spray around the area of the campsite or on your tent to prevent bears from coming in.

Spraying the area will actually attract bears!

PS - Don't bring the cloths you were wearing while cooking you supper into the tent. Hang them up with your food.

15. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Haha! CC that was good!

Showdogs, thats good advice on the clothes...

About climbing tree's - it would be so hard not to want to. To me it seems better to be above the bear, rather than under it!

Good point on the pepper spray too, I was warned about that already at the store I bought it. Once you use it, it actaully attracts animals.

16. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Bears have ticklish noses. Tickle the end of an attacking bear's nose and it will roll about laughing for hours.
;)
I should know, I've lived in Sheffield 8 years and never been killed by a bear.

disclaimer: Clarabell does not accept responsibility for any injuries or death resulting from following her advice.

17. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting Cupcake

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear encounters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued the following advisory to hikers, hunters, and fishermen while in the field:

It is strongly advised that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle grizzly bears that aren't expecting outdoorsmen to be walking in their habitat. It is also strongly advised that outdoorsmen carry non-lethal pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a grizzly.

What about outdoorswomen?!? ;)

//Susanna

18. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Quoting snatterand

What about outdoorswomen?!? ;)

//Susanna

We're dinner....

19. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

20. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 10y

If a bear is chasing you, run diagonal down a hill. The bear will stumble and roll. I hate to say it, but I do know this from personal experience. Lets just say it was one of the scariest moments of my life. (I live in bear infested northern New Jersey)