In fact, none of the larger mammals in New England forests want to have anything to do with us. As long as we are far enough away from them, they will probably move in the opposite direction before we know it. But if they feel threatened or isolated, the story is completely different.
The only bear you encounter in New England is the black bear (although it is sometimes browner than black). Black bears, like their forest roommates, try to adapt to a tiny little environment. As a result, they are becoming more and more rude to people. They are known to enter cabins and cars to raid food bins and do whatever they can.
In general, black bears are much more afraid of you than you are, and if you make a lot of noise when mountaineering or camping, you are more likely to avoid any close proximity. But if you come across a bear unexpectedly, you need to know what to do.
The conditions that cause aggression are usually surprise encounters. For example, you just walk around a corner to see a black bear near you with two cubs and – oh oh – you are between the mother and her babies. That scenario is probably the worst meeting in the jungle. Bears will attack anyone who comes between a bear and its cubs.
Second, it is very dangerous to hang around the place where the bear is killed. If you are walking or looking for a suitable place to camp, watch out for carcasses and scavengers, such as crows and crows, that congregate in a specific area. If you see them, you may be near a slaughter site, so stay away from them.
Finally, leave any mark that has been around, this means that they are likely to appear several times in a particular area. These symptoms range from scratches on trees to scratches in or near a fire pit. If you see any of these signs, or if you are near the playground, find another place to camp.
When setting up camp, make sure your outdoor kitchen is well away from the wind and at the bottom of your campground. While bears can not see well, their sense of smell is many times stronger than humans, so when cooking, it is a good idea to:
1. Only cook as much food as you want. Anything left can be a bear magnet.
2. Change your clothes after baking and bag them twice in heavy plastic bags. Bears can smell food from the clothes you wear while cooking.
3. Never store food in your tent or car. The best way to save it is to use a bag tied to a rope and throw it on a tree branch that is too tall for a bear.
4. If you see a bear but has not seen you, move away from it quietly. Do not run! Never turn your back on a bear. If it is moving in a direction towards you, lower it from the wind and let it pass, or go in the opposite direction again.
If a bear sees you and is well away from you, you want to make sure it knows you are a human and not a threat. Talk to it gently and gently shake your hands above your head. It makes you bigger and tells your brain that you are a human being.
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