From the NC Wildlife Commission, a few words about being “Bearwise” and safe!
Six Outdoor BearWise Basics
BearWise® – Created and Supported by State Wildlife Agencies and Bear Biologists • © 2019
Learn More: BearWise.org
PHOTO: STEVE UFFMAN
Be BearWise OUTDOORS
Live Responsibly with Black Bears
**Stay Alert & Stay Together
**Pay attention to your surroundings and stay together. Avoid walking, hiking, jogging
or cycling alone. Keep kids within sight and close by. Leave earbuds at home and
make noise periodically so bears can avoid you.
**Leave No Trash or Food Scraps
**Double bag your food when hiking and pack out all food and trash. Leaving scraps,
wrappers, or even “harmless” items like apple cores teaches bears to associate trails
and campsites with food. Don’t burn food scraps or trash in your fire ring or grill.
**Keep Dogs Leashed
Letting dogs chase or bark at bears is asking for trouble; don’t force a bear to defend
itself. Keep your dogs leashed at all times or leave them at home.
**Set up camp away from dense cover and natural food sources. **Cook at least 100 yards
from your tent. Do not store food, trash, clothes worn when cooking, or toiletries in
your tent. Store in approved bear-resistant containers OR out of sight in a locked vehicle
OR suspended at least 10 feet above the ground and 10 feet from any part of the tree.
**Know What To Do If You See a Bear
**Black bears are seldom aggressive and attacks are rare. If you see a bear before it
notices you: stand still, don’t approach and enjoy the moment; then move away
quietly in the opposite direction. If you encounter a bear that’s aware of you: don’t run;
running may trigger a chase response. Back away slowly.
**Visit BearWise.org to learn
what to do if a black bear approaches, charges or follows you.
**Carry Bear Spray & Know How To Use It
Bear spray is proven to be the easiest and most effective way
to deter a bear that threatens you. It doesn’t work like bug
repellant, so never spray your tent, campsite or belongings.