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BEAR SAFETY GUIDELINES!
(Well Know Facts, But Use At Your Own Risk!)

     Always remember, Black Bears are WILD ANIMALS, and unpredictable, and although attacks on people are extremely rare, Black Bears are very capable of inflicting  great bodily harm and even death.  

WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING DANGER SIGNS:

     The first choice of safety is to enjoy wild Black Bears at a safe distance, or as far away as possible. But if your being near a bear causes it to change directions, interrupt it's foraging or feeding, makes loud snorting noises, looks at you and stomps the ground, or runs towards you, then you are probably much to close and invading its own space!

     Facing the bear, slowly back away, while keeping an eye on the bear and standing upright, making yourself as large as possible, increasing the distance between you and the bear.  Many times the bear will do likewise.

     If the bear continues to approach you without stomping and making noises, back away in a different direction, if this doesn't work, shout at it loudly and stand your ground trying to intimidate the bear.  Running away at this point could trigger a prey response.  If there are others with, have them do likewise.  Throw small logs or rocks at the bear (never throw food).  

     If a bear is just after your food and you are physically attacked, back away slowly as above.  Most injuries from Black Bear attacks are minor resulting from the Bear trying to get at your food.  

     IF food is not a possible factor involved with the bear attacking you, do NOT play dead or roll up in a ball, fight back with everything you have hollering, punching, kicking or anything you can do, to help to keep the bear from perceiving you as prey.  Any such action by a black bear should be immediately reported to a park ranger (865) 436-1230.  

    Enjoying these wild animals from a distance will be rewarding to you, AND protect the bear.  Remember, wildlife harassment is punishable by imprisonment and or up to a 5,000 fine.  If a park ranger catches you feeding a bear or any wild animal, you can expect a hefty ticket.  Most importantly, your feeding the bear could cause it to approach other humans, and will most likely cost that beautiful animal its life as it will possibly have to be put to death because a person inadvertently conditioned the bear to associate people with food.

John 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
 
 

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