A large black
bear killed a Suncor Energy Inc. employee while the
individual was at the company’s main oil sands
attacks are rare, it is important to remember how to
react if you encounter one in the wild.
1. If you are walking in an
area you suspect there may be bears, don't be afraid
to make some noise. Talk, sing, jingle your keys.
Let the bear know you are there.
2. It's also wise to carry bear
pepper spray. Just remember, you need to be within
seven metres of the bear for it to be effective.
3.Remain calm. Do not run.
Stand still and talk to the bear in a calm voice.
Arm your bear spray. If the bear does not get closer
to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a
quiet, monotone voice.
4. If the bear does not leave
or approaches you, yell and wave your arms to make
yourself look bigger. Throw objects, blow a whistle
or an air horn. Do not run.
5. If the bear keeps advancing,
and is getting close, stand your ground. Do not
climb a tree. Black bears can climb trees easily.
6. If the bear continues its
pursuit, react aggressively and try to intimidate
the bear. Use your bear spray. If it attacks, do not
play dead. Fight back with everything you have using
anything you can find as a weapon.
SOURCES: MINISTRY OF NATURAL
RESOURCES, PARKS CANADA