Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Best Defense Against Black, Brown Bear Encounters
The rules change depending on if you encounter a black or brown bear.
State wildlife biologists currently don't have plans to locate the bear that mauled seven teens in the Talkeetna Mountains over the weekend because it's located in a remote area and say the bear is not perceived to be a public threat.
Biologists also say it does not appear that the bear was acting especially aggressively.
“The kids may not have actually provoked the bear's defensive response by any unusual activities in terms of throwing rocks or harassing the bears. But if a bear, particularly one with cubs, is surprised at close range, quite often they'll respond in a defensive way,” said biologist Lem Butler.
If you do encounter a bear, Butler says your reaction depends on what kind of bear you encounter.
If you're in a group and encounter a brown bear, he says:
If the brown bear attacks:
But the rule changes for black bears, as they tend to be more predatory and have tried to feed on people.
If you're in a group and encounter a black bear, he says:
So, bottom line: If it's brown, lay down. If it's black, fight back.