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Do you know what to do if you meet a bear? Utah has seen more than twice as many bear encounters so far in 2019 than in 2018, mainly due to some of the crazy weather we’ve had over the last year. Utah mostly has black bears, but it’s important to know what to do when meeting any kind of species. When you’re out hiking or camping I’d recommend carrying some bear spray with you just to be safe. Bear spray is often more effective against a bear than a firearm. When camping and eating in the mountains make sure to do you cooking and cleaning a good distance from your tents and safely secure your food away from tents at night. If you do encounter a bear, here are some suggestions from Utah’s DWR: * Stand your ground
* Never back up, lie down or play dead. Stay calm and give the bear a chance to leave. Prepare to use your bear spray or another deterrent.
* Don’t run away or climb a tree.
* Black bears are excellent climbers and can run up to 35 mph — you cannot outclimb or outrun them.
* Know bear behavior.
* If a bear stands up, grunts, moans or makes other sounds, it’s not being aggressive. These are the ways a bear gets a better look or smell and expresses its interest.
* If a black bear attacks, always fight back.
* And never give up! People have successfully defended themselves with almost anything: rocks, sticks, backpacks, water bottles and even their hands and feet.
Be safe out there, and don’t let fear of wild animals get in the way of enjoying nature. Just be prepared and know what to do if you encounter one of these awesome creatures!