A recent bear attack on a man sleeping outside in Sioux Lookout has some northerners wondering how to deal with surprise encounters with black bears.
- 1. Remain calm and make casual conversation
Do not run. Stand still and talk to the bear in a calm voice.
- 2. Arm your pepper spray
... but don't use it just yet
- 3. Wait for the bear to leave.
If the bear gets closer, slowly back away while talking in a quiet, monotone voice. No screaming, or eye contact.
- 4. If the bear doesn't leave, be persuasive:
Make sure the bear has a clear escape route. Now is the time to yell, make yourself look bigger, wave your arms, throw objects, jingle your bear bells, blow your air horn.
- 5. Bear still there, and getting closer?
Time to use your pepper spray if the bear is within 7 metres.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry