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Bill Troutwine: Tips on encounters with bears - blacks & grizzlies
Bears are rare in Adair County, but documented sightings are increasing. Bill Troutwine gives tips on behavior around bears to avoid being hurt or killed.
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By Bill Troutwine
Kelly Crawhorn asks what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods. Most of the time a bear will run away the moment he/she realizes a human is around. If you do come upon a bear in the woods, above all do not run. Stand your ground and appear as large as possible. Hold your arms up, spread your coat open, do anything to make yourself appear as large as possible. Do not look the bear directly in the eye. Staring a bear in the eye is perceived by the bear to be a challenge. As things start to settle down slowly back away. do not turn your back to a bear because that shows you are in flight mode which may trigger an attack response.
If attacked by a black bear (the only kind of bear we have in KY.) fight with everything in you, punch it in the nose, gouge it in the eyes, hit it with anything you can get your hands on. Remember once a black bear thinks you are dead it will begin to feed on you.
If you are attacked by a grizzly bear play dead. Do not move, breath as shallow as possible, and play dead. The best way of surviving a grizzly attack is playing dead, and laying perfectly still until the bear goes away.
If anyone is in bear country and is concerned about bear attacks you should carry bear spray (pepper spray in a very large aerosol container) it really does work. I hope this helps. - Bill Troutwine
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