Myth: Always Play Dead When You’re About To Be Attacked By A Bear
- Survival Situation: Wildlife Attack
We should first mention here that anytime you’re going to be headed into an area where bears are common, always take bear spray with you. Second, be aware of any bears around you. Especially mothers with their young. Bears do not really care if humans are around, as they have gotten shockingly comfortable with us over the years. We also are not on their menu most of the time, but our lunch meat might be. You do not want to ever go up to a bear, especially cubs. While bears are somewhat territorial, they’ll accept our presence as long as it’s not too close. Yet mother bears see anything as a possible threat and will attack humans due to that.
If you see a bear in your yard or campsite, you want to make yourself appear large and be pretty loud. Bears tend to be a bit skittish and will usually run away. However, the type of bear you see should determine your reaction to an actual attack. For black bears, you never want to play dead and should always fightback from the start. Grizzly or Brown bears usually just attack out of defense, but they give warnings by making noises and pretending to charge. Back away from them slowly, but if they do attack, you actually should play dead with these bears. As they only attacked what they thought to be a threat. Lye on your stomach with your hands over your neck. Of course, it is also recommended that regardless of the bear, if the attack is considered predatory, then you must always fight for your life.