It is that time of year in North America when we need to be bear aware and avoid unwanted bear encounters.
Field Safe’s clients work in bear country and because of this we have built our program with the ability to alert everyone in the area if a bear is spotted, to help eliminate the chances of an unwanted bear encounter.
Encountering a bear at work can be a frightening experience, but it’s essential to know how to handle the situation calmly and safely.
Here are some steps you can take if you encounter a bear:
- Stay calm: If you come across a bear, try to remain calm and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises. Stand still and speak in a calm voice to let the bear know you’re there.
- Assess the situation: Determine whether the bear is aware of your presence. If it is, back away slowly while keeping an eye on the bear. If the bear isn’t aware of you, try to quietly and slowly move away from its path.
- Give the bear space: Keep a safe distance from the bear, at least 100 yards, and do not approach it. Bears are unpredictable animals and may attack if they feel threatened.
- Avoid eye contact: Do not make direct eye contact with the bear, as this can be interpreted as a challenge or a threat.
- Make yourself look bigger: Raise your arms above your head to make yourself appear larger. This can help deter the bear and show that you are not prey.
- Use bear spray: If the bear continues to approach you, use bear spray if you have it. Aim for the bear’s face and eyes, and spray a continuous stream until the bear retreats.
- Back away slowly: Once the bear has retreated, back away slowly while keeping an eye on the bear.
If the bear is blocking your exit or if you feel trapped, do not run. Stay calm and try to find a way to slowly and safely retreat. If the bear charges you, use your bear spray and try to use any objects to defend yourself. If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
Remember, be bear aware and avoid unwanted bear encounters!