Park Service shares bear tips with good humor

JACKSON, Wyo. — Turns out the Park Service has a sense of humor. Who knew?

A recent post on its Facebook page showed the National Park Service is able to lighten the mood even when delivering some helpful tips on how to stay safe in bear country.

The advice is spot on, peppered with lighthearted stabs of humor. We loved it!

READ: Please don’t run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.

As a follow-up to a previous post, if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears.

Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees. Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).

Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all? Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal.

Help the bear recognize you as a human. We recommend using your voice. (Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear). The bear may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.

Find more tips, check out https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bears/index.htm

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.

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