Bear often walk in an over-step manner, with their rear foot falling in front of where the front foot fell. If the rear foot falls just a bit in front of the front, the bear can leave something like a double track, which can give the impression of a much larger bruin.
Remain still; stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
The vast majority of bears are too afraid of humans to come near them, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes, bears overcome their fear of humans and will approach people or campsites. The main reason bears will overcome their fear of humans is because of food rewards.
Fatal bear attacks seem to correlate with visitor volume to parks. Most of the fatalities have happened during July and August, when trails are heavily populated. Attacks are minimal December through April, when most bears are hibernating for the winter and spring.
A bear's nose is 100 times more sensitive than a human's. If you find bleach or ammonia fumes unpleasant, you can imagine what they smell like to a bear. Bleach or ammonia- based cleaners are good for trash cans and other areas where strong scents could attract bears.
Some scents that attract bears include bird feeders, pet food, garbage, boneyards, food scraps, beehives, roadkill, water sources, fruit trees, berry bushes, and other bears. Bears aren't always welcome in our yards, especially when they get into things they're not supposed to.
You may hear adults hiss, growl, or pop their teeth at each other—or at a person, if the bear feels threatened or is under stress (at the same time, their ears may be laid back, and the hair on their backs may be raised).
If you're being chased by a bear, don't run downhill! Bears can run as fast as a horse (35 mph), and they can do it uphill, downhill, and everything in between. A bear can outrun you no matter what, so if you see one in the wild do not try to run away from it.
There were 664 bear attacks on people globally between 2000–2015. There are 40 bear attacks around the world every year. There were 23 fatal black bear attacks in the US between 2000–2016. There were 22 human-bear incidents in the US Yosemite National Park in 2019.
It's probably wise if you don't run away during a bluff charge. Doing so might actually cause the bear to attack. Instead, stand your ground and speak to the bear in a calm voice, waving your arms above your head to make yourself appear larger and help the bear understand that you are human.
How Long Will a Bear Stay In One Area? Bears may stay for months around the same general area if there's enough food. This is why you may see them in your backyard or near your home more than once: they've found a reliable food source.
If the bear approaches and you have bear spray, spray the bear as he approaches. In the very rare case that a black bear does attack you, fight back (don't play dead). After the bear leaves, remove whatever attracted him to the location (barbecue grill, bird feeder, pet food or garbage).
On average, there are about 40 brown bear attacks that happen around the world every year. The odds of being attacked by a bear at Yellowstone National Park is 1 in 2.1 million. 2021 has shown an increase in the number of bear attacks in the US.
If there are any men camping with you, have them pee around your campsite to put the odor out there. It's the same logic as dogs peeing on trees to mark their territory. Park rangers suggest hanging food in a sealed cooler or bag, high in a tree, away from your immediate campsite to keep bears away.
Stephen Herrero's book Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, considered the definitive work by many authorities, says “human excrement/urine attracts bears and should not be near your campsite.” The National Park Service promotes that belief as well, adding that the salt in urine attracts wild animals (including ...
Way back in 2000, we reported on bear behavior scientists in Alaska who determined that bears were more attracted to their yellow-and-blue tents as compared to their camouflage ones. They also figured out in zoo tests that grizzlies can differentiate between colors.
Bears are naturally afraid of dogs, and being chased by them often changes the bears' behavior. They are far more likely to avoid an area after a dog has charged after them, even if it happened in a spot that they had visited many times.
Scattered around the space were coffee grounds from Caffé Vita. Why coffee grounds? Since the bears have a strong sense of smell, such a pungent treat is extremely attractive and stimulating to them. The bears roll around in coffee grounds like a cat in catnip!
Alaska has a larger population of Black Bears than any other U.S. state by far with an estimated 100,000 or more. They are widely distributed throughout Alaska's forests. Others bears found in Alaska are Brown Bears and Polar Bears. See a range map for black bears in Alaska here.
Grizzly bears are by far one of the most aggressive and dangerous species of bear that you can encounter. They usually live in the northern and western regions of the US, as well as in Canada and Alaska.