What do you do if you encounter a bear while walking around out in a forest?  The national Park Service has issued a not so much what to do, but what NOT to do.

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According to a Facebook post by the National park Service, the #1 thing the Park Service recommends that you not do is, check this out, Do not push down your slow friend down to save yourself from the bear.  The actually put this out as a helpful suggestion.

Seems to me this scenario would be a great way to find out who your real friends are, right? Can you imagine running from a bear, that is steadily gaining on you, and you trip or push your friend down in order to save your own but?

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Honestly, I never would have even thought of this life saving maneuver until I read this. Good to know (wink).

They throw in a couple of other escape tips, should you not have a slow friend to push down.  They recommend that you don't run and don't climb a tree. Bears are quite talented at climbing trees and when something is running, a bears instinct it to chase it.

What should you do? Stay calm, which is easier said than done, a slowly move away walking sideways and maintaining eye contact with the bear.  These actions are non threatening to a bear.

I guess the best idea would to bring a slow friend with you.


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