From frontier days until today, if you've spent any time in West Virginia's woodlands, it's possible you've come face to snout with a bear. What to do?
David Sibray, editor of the West Virginia Explorer magazine (a publication we recommend to you) has some advice in the article "Here's What to Do If You Cross Paths With a Black Bear." For the quick list of bearing with a bear:
- Remain calm.
- Don’t approach a bear.
- Don’t run from a bear.
- Don’t climb trees to escape a bear.
- Give the bear a clear escape route.
- Quietly back away and leave the area.
- If attacked, immediately fight back.
- Don’t feed bears.
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IMAGE: A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce