Bears are one of the most loved and feared creatures in the Canadian wilderness. Due to the well known rebellious nature of the species so called habits, they are feared as the most unpredictable species inhabiting this continent. One must ask themselves, is a trip to the woods really worth the risk?
When it comes down to it, the answer is up to you. The best way to enjoy a wilderness trip is to be prepared. Do your reading, know how to behave during a bear encounter and know what it takes to be the safest you can be.
An accidental encounter means one in which the bear is not following you or stalking you. The best way to act is to play dead, lying with your face to the ground and locking your fingers behind the neck. This way hopefully the bear will lose interest in you. Another key strategy to remember is simple; do not go alone into bear country. Your chances of avoiding a bear encounter go up significantly with each additional member of the group. Because of the noise and presence your group will have, a bear will be more likely to be aware and avoid a meeting.
Bears can only be enjoyed from a safe distance. If you come across a cub DO NOT stick around as there is a very defensive mother close by. However the animals can be spectacular to view through binoculars
Respect for a bear is also vital; they are stronger and faster than us. However they usually do not want to encounter us. It is a good idea to tie a bell around your waist or pack to let animals know of your presence.
Bears are a significant part of our ecosystem and are a symbol of the mountain wilderness. While most everyone loves bears we have to remember to respect them and their habitat.