Black Bear Dossier

Color: Black bears exhibit a variety of colors ranging from black to light blond.

Body shape: Black bears don’t have the hump that Grizzlies have

Black-Bear-Dossier

  1. Carry bear pepper spray. As with the grizzly bear, bear pepper spray should be your first line of defense in a bear attack.
  2. Stand your ground and make lots of noise. Black bears often bluff when attacking. If you show them you mean business, they may just lose interest.
  3. Don’t climb a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers. Climbing up a tree won’t help you out here.
  4. Fight back. If the black bear actually attacks, fight back. Use anything and everything as a weapon- rocks, sticks, fists, and your teeth. Aim your blows on the bears face- particularly the eyes and snout. When a black bear sees that their victim is willing to fight to the death, they’ll usually just give up.

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