dreamstime_xxl_6513147What would you do if you encountered a black bear? Although attacks from bears are rare in the Rocky Mountain National Park, they can happen and your best bet in this kind of situation is to be prepared for the worst. Equipping yourself with the knowledge of how to handle an encounter with this predator could save your life.

Some Guidelines

The best way to stay safe from bears is to prevent them from coming into your camp in the first place. Do this is by properly taking care of your food and garbage. Never leave your food out in the open. Your food should be stored in a portable bear-resistant canister. Ensure that you pick up every last bit of garbage and throw it away in a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster.

Always Be Aware

If you have done everything the way you are supposed to and you still encounter a bear, the first thing that you should do is to determine if the bear notices you. If the bear doesn’t realize that you are there, quietly and slowly back away while watching the bear to ensure that it isn’t following you. If the bear does notice you, raise your arms and attempt to be as big as possible. Talk to the bear in a clear, calm voice as you slowly back away. Never run away or attempt to climb a tree. If the bear is advancing on you, drop any food that you are carrying, and if that doesn’t work use your bear spray.

Let Kirks Mountain Adventures Take You Hiking!

Encountering a bear while you are camping or hiking can be terrifying, but knowing how to handle the situation could save your life. One of the best ways to ensure that you will have a safe adventure is to turn to Kirk’s Mountain Adventures. We offer guided hiking trips in Estes Park, and our guides have what it takes to offer you a memorable and most importantly, safe trip.