How To Survive a Bear Attack


There’s a simple and quick rule when you’re visiting areas where bears are known to frequent. “If it’s black, fight back; if It’s brown, lay down; if it’s white, say goodnight. Here, that’s explained further:

IF IT’S BLACK, FIGHT BACK 
If you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or building. If escape is not possible, try to fight back using any object available. Concentrate your kicks and blows on the bear's face and muzzle.

IF IT’S BROWN, LAY DOWN 
If you are attacked by a brown/grizzly bear, leave your pack on and PLAY DEAD. Lay flat on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck. Spread your legs to make it harder for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area. Fighting back usually increases the intensity of such attacks. However, if the attack persists, fight back vigorously. Use whatever you have at hand to hit the bear in the face.

IF IT’S WHITE, SAY GOODNIGHT 
Unfortunately, you can’t just play dead or be aggressive and expect a polar bear to run away. You’ll have to endure the elements and hope for the best. If you’re afraid you may run into a fight with a polar bear, think about bringing a few weapons to protect yourself.

In all cases, the best thing to do if you aren’t willing to arm yourself is to carry bear pepper spray. It could be the difference between life and death.