If you encounter a bear in the wilderness the MNRF has released several tips of what you should do. If the bear is not paying attention to you slowly and quietly back away while watching the bear to make sure it’s not following you. The ministry says to never approach a wild bear. If the bear obviously knows you are there raise your arms to let it know you’re a human and make yourself look as big as possible. Generally the nosier a bear is the less dangerous it will be.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry also says if a bear huffs, pops its jaw or stomps its paws on the ground it wants you to back away and give it space. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for bear tracks, claw marks on trees and fresh bear droppings. Consider bringing a whistle, air horn, long handled axe or bear spray. Uncontrolled dogs in the woods may lead a bear right to you.

(Written by: Rudy Kadlec)