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what to do if bear walks up on you?

Scary stuff. glad you both made to safety. for that reason right there is why i pack when i go on "nature walks". just curious of all the people writing in this forum, how may people pack while going for walks in the woods or even hunt with rifles for those close distance encounters???

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I live in Canada I cant. But I usually do bring something for protection in that case I had an axe but the other time If he would have caught up I would have been usuing my hands.

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"I live in Canada I cant." just curious on why you cant in canada??? never been there. also have you tried bear spray???

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Cant hunt with handguns of any kind in Canada. Can't carry them unless to target practice. You also have too have a restricted firearms license to possses handguns in Canada. In the off season I usually have some sort of protection.

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I GUESS WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY Thumbs up TAHNKS FOR THE INFO AND AGAINGALD YOU MADE IT SAFELY HOME

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what to do if bear walks up on you?

I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with either the show "Survivorman" or "Man vs. Wild" which air on the Discovery Channel.

But....

According to both Bear and Les, hunters are likely to be attacked by a bear due to the fact that they sneak around, bear's don't like being surprised.
Never come between a bear and her cubs, which was already mentioned.
If a bear would approach you, shoot it, if you couldn't shoot it or such DO NOT RUN! If you run, you are showing fear, when you show fear a bear sees you as pray, when you are saw as pray, you will be attacked and you will be killed.

The best thing you can do is slowly turn around and slowly walk away, show that you are no harm. If it still charges, try to take a stick and jab it in the eye or the nose. Why the eye or the nose?

A bear is a predator, therefore it needs both it's eyes and nose to survive. If a it feels threatened to lose an eye or a nose, it will run away.

There's my advice, my source however is the shows listed above ^.
I've also heard pepper spray would work, your average black bear can smell food up to 25 miles away, therefore they have a STRONG since of smell, pepper spray will burn their nose and they will run.

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what to do if bear walks up on you?

to add a few things to that.. bears noses have a lot of feeling in them it is a really tender spot on their heads. noses weak. also for COUGAR AND BEAR, when you run juveniel bears and cats think you are playing and will give chase and attack ( in their minds it is playing)

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blacktail hunter wrote:
to add a few things to that.. bears noses have a lot of feeling in them it is a really tender spot on their heads. noses weak. also for COUGAR AND BEAR, when you run juveniel bears and cats think you are playing and will give chase and attack ( in their minds it is playing)

Yes- Good point. They do intend to play a little rough.
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My expierience is living with them and hunting them for over 10 years now.
I come into contact with black bears atleast 5 to 10 times a year in the bush here. Anyone will tell you that lives in Northern Ontario, in the last 5 years the bear pop is flourishing more than ever and in the part I live in they have never had this many complaints before its a new high and the last one was around 25 its has now been reported to be over 350 this year. That says it all too me about them revoking our spring bear hunt.

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Another thing to add you said turn around and walk away slowly, You can turn your back to a black bear if you want but I sure aint ever gonna just my view on this.

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