Bears & Humans

If a Black Bear Senses I’m Afraid, Will It Attack?

No. Most people are afraid near bears and are not attacked. Black bears are not looking for a vulnerable person to attack. Their first concern is that they will be…

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What If I See a Bear That Seems Threatening?

This picture shows harmless bluster by a nervous black bear—a mature female. She made her muzzle long and narrow, lunged forward, blew loudly, and slammed her front feet down into…

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What If I See a Black Bear?

This is probably the most common question we hear. The standard answer nationwide is, “Speak calmly and back away slowly.” This is good advice. It identifies you as a person,…

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