Bear Safety Tips
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I started camping up north (White & Green Mountains).
And by “camping” I mostly mean sleeping in a cabin in a state park, but hey. I didn’t grow up in the woods, or camping in tents.
Certainly, I had never given thought to BEARS.
I very quickly learned that there were tons of bears in those parts Up North, as opposed to my native Rhode Island which has, like, “A” Bear that MAY consider visiting here and there.
In any case, our trips mostly consist of exploring what we can while balancing what’s safe and doable for the kids.
While this rarely means deep treks into the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, there have been plenty of bear opportunities in our travels.
Initially, I was scared to death.
All I could think of was (and BEAR with me, here!)
The Great Outdoors
Legends of the Fall.
Grizzly Bears feature VERY prominently in these films, and I grew up on The Great Outdoors!
I’ll never forget the scene with the Grizzly coming into the cabin, and the hair on the top of his head getting shot off!
But I Digress.
I had always heard “Play Dead” when I was a kid, and these words stuck with me my whole life.
But…was there more?
Surely, GRIZZLY BEARS weren’t roaming the Green Mountains…Right?
I realized that I knew nothing.
So, I did what I always do when I need to learn something quickly:
Below is the very first video I ever watched about bear safety and it sums things up pretty well.
It helps that Sean and Kristy of Long Long Honeymoon have been traveling for YEARS and have amassed a huge wealth of knowledge on how to safely interact with wildlife.As always, I wicked appreciate their humor and couldn’t be more jealous of their Full Time RVing Lifestyle.
Since launching my investigative YouTube/Google Research, I feel much more confident when we travel to bear country.
As it would turn out, our potential to encounterblack bears has been pretty substantial.
We’ve seen them on Mount Mansfield, and they frequent our favorite Vermont State Parks.
The dumpsters of some parks usually have muddy paw prints on them,
and often you’ll hear noises in the surrounding trees which can generally be attributed to bears.
On our honeymoon, (At Little River State Park, Waterbury, VT) Eric went off to find firewood late at night.
After I heard several gunshots and began to worry, he returned saying that the rangers were trying to scare a bear on the other side of the campground.
That night was also the first time I had ever slept in a tent and I WASN’T randomly picked off by a lone black bear.
Lesson Learned: Surviving the Night in Black Bear Country CAN BE DONE
This goes to show that they aren’t the ravenous psycho-beaststhat they are often imagined to be.
Educating yourself on behavior patterns, and how to protect yourselves AND them is the greatest defense you can have.
In addition, of course, to exercising some common sense.
While I am certainly NOT prepared (at this point, anyway) to go anywhere near Grizzly Country in anything less than chain mail and an armored tank, I feel fairly safe and mentally equipped in Black Bear Country, and, admittedly, pretty bad ass.
What About You? Please share your Bear Safety Tips and/or Bear Experiences below!
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