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Assume The Position
πŸ“Έ by @filipe_deandrade

According to the National Park Service, the best position to assume in the event of an actual attack by a brown bear would be flat on your stomach (backpack on) with your legs spread out to make it difficult for the bear to flip you over.

It is recommended that you do not struggle or fight back, this will only signal to the bear that the threat they percieved is still a threat and to continue the assault.

It is also important to note that you will want to stay in this position for up to 20 minutes after the bear has (hopefully) stopped attacking. Grizzlies tend to linger around to be sure that the threat is neutralized.

I know I’ve said this before, but I will continue to say it again and again because it might save a life one day: whatever you do, DO NOT RUN – I don’t care how fast you are on pavement or how fast you might think you are on rough terrain, the bear is faster than you. Period.

Grizzlies attack when they are surprised or threatened. If you start running, you might startle the bear into attacking – partly because even he can’t believe you were stupid enough to try to run.

It is important to remember that most encounters with bears end without incident, bears aren’t looking to attack you they just want to be left alone.

The best thing to do (when you’re in control of such things) is to keep your distance.

The NPS article in our story should clear up any addition question you may have.



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