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  • Published on Nov 16, 2018

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    Next time you Go RVing in Bear Country, it's critical to know the do's and don'ts to keep you, your family and the bear safe.  You'll have piece of mind knowing RVing is a lot safer than tent camping. It's still important to be prepared and equipped with the knowledge you need to avoid any unwanted encounters. We don't need a real life interpretation of Leo's famous scene in the Revenant, thank you very much.


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    In studies conducted by the University of Oakland, researchers have found bears to have a surprisingly higher level of numerical cognitive abilities than previously assumed  (this means they're smart). So with the brains and the brawn, how can you keep your contact with these creatures to a minimal?

    PREVENTION

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    It's important to note that bears actually try to keep their distance from humans, however they can still be attracted to campsites by lingering scents that could be an opportunity for a meal.  That being said, make sure to keep your campsite nice and packed up.  This includes:

    • Human food
    • Pet food
    • Cooking ware
    • Cooking oils
    • Cosmetics, lotions, toothpaste
    • Garbage
       

    ENCOUNTER

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    If you do happen to run into a bear while camping, here's what you should do.

    1. Keep Your Cool: It might seem hard to do in such a situation, but this is of the utmost importance.  Don't make any sudden movements, and try to evaluate the situation.
    2. Keep it Slow: If the bear isn't aware of you back away slowly and steadily, all the while keeping your eye on the bear.
    3. Non-Aggresive Bears: If the bear doesn't seem agitated and it's ears are pointed towards you, first try to back away slowly.  If it continues to follow you:
      • Make yourself look as big as possible
      • Make loud noises
      • Keep eye contact locked
    4. Defensive Bears: If the bear is feeling threatened it will act out of defense and may "bluff charge".  Attempt to let the bear know you are human by talking in a non-threatening manner and retreating slowly back. If it continues to charge, stop, wait until the bear stops before backing away.
    5. Attacks:  If a defensive bear attacks the best thing to do is play dead.  Lay flat on the ground covering your head and neck.  Do not move until the bear is completely gone.

    BEAR SPRAY CAN BE A LIFE SAVER

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    Always be sure to carry a can when RVing in bear country. In close calls the spray will debilitate the bear without causing permanent damage. Remember to educate yourself and remember the brief guidelines above to keep it safe.  A safe RVer is happy RVer!    

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