Imagine, you and your buddies are out camping in the Northland and all of a sudden you come face to face with a bear. If your first instinct is to push your slower friend, or friends, down in an attempt to save yourself, one: the National Park Service would be highly disappointed in your decision, and two: you may need to find new friends after.

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. ⁣⁣

In the above Facebook post by the NPS, they kindly remind people to "not run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.⁣"⁣ The National Park Service recommends moving away slowing and sideways in order to keep an eye on the bear and to avoid tripping over. This also signals to the bears that you are non-threatening. They also recommend that you do NOT climb a tree since both Grizzly and Black bears are good climbers.

Other tips the NPS gives is, that if you do come in contact with bear is to identify yourself by making noises to the said bear knows you are human and not prey. It is recommended that you use your voice and wave your arms. Due do its curious nature, the bear may or may not stand on its hind legs, this is not a threatening gesture. To find more tips, you can check out the National Park Services Website by clicking here!

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