What do I do if I encounter a black bear?

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you should do the following if in close contact with a bear:  

  • Remain calm and assess the situation. If the bear seems unaware of you, move away quietly when it's not looking in your direction.
  • If a bear walks toward you, identify yourself as a human by standing up, waiving your heads and talking to the bear in a low voice.  
  • If you cannot safely move away from the bear, scare it away by clapping your hands, stomping your feet and yelling. If you are in a group, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and raise and wave your arms to appear intimidating. 
  • Do not run from the bear and do not throw anything at the bear, which the bear could interpret as a threat.  

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