Be Bear Aware (while hiking)

. Do not Run

. If the bear has not seen you, calmly leave the area while making a bit of noise so the bear will not be surprised by you.

. If the bear has seen you, back away slowly while facing the bear. Speak softly to let the bear know you mean no harm.

. In the unlikely event that a black bear attacks you, fight back. Black Bears have been driven away with rocks, sticks and even bare hands