22 hours ago
One of the ways I prepare for the backcountry - I carry bear spray... and know how to use it!! For those of you that didn't know, black bears are found throughout Manitoba. After many Manitobans got out on the trails this weekend, I read several mentioning spotting black bears as well as cubs. Some were unprepared for such an encounter.
I'd like to share some information available from Manitoba Conservation (check out full info on their Be Bear Smart PDF online): If you see a (black) bear • Stop. Remain calm. Assess the situation. • Do not turn and run as this may prompt a chase response. • Do not climb a tree or enter water, as these options will not guarantee your safety. • If a bear is in a tree, simply leave the area the way you came. • If the bear is unaware of you, leave the area calmly and quietly when the bear is not looking in your direction. • If you decide to take a detour, choose a wide path
that will not intersect the bear if it is moving. • If the bear becomes aware of you, calmly identify
yourself as human by talking to it in a low voice
while waving your arms slowly as you back away
to increase your distance. • Avoid direct eye contact. • If the bear seems unconcerned, leave the area calmly and quietly.