“Do Not Push Slower Friends in Front Of Bears”, Says Park Service
In a recent Facebook post, the National Park Service said that you shouldn't run from bears, or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.
The National Park Service says that if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways. Doing this will allow you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears.
Whatever you do, do not run. If a bear begins to follow you, stop and hold your ground. Bears a similar to dogs, meaning that they will chase ﬂeeing animals.
The NPS also advises to not climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.
In addition to the the tips above, The NPS says that you shouldn't push a slower friend down in front of the bear, even if you think the friendship has run its course.
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don't get too close, and identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal.
Help the bear recognize you as a human. Using your voice is recommended. The bear 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 National Park Service also issued the following statement.
P.S. We apologize to any “friends” who were brought on a hike as the “bait” or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed.
For more tips on how to stay safe in bear country, click here.