National Park Service shares viral PSA on what not to do in case of a bear encounter

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I am sure no one wants to meet a massive wild bear while hiking. It’s definitely not the kind of experience to wish for. However you won’t be the first one to encounter a 800 pounds bear neither the last one. But if that happens it is extremely important to know how to act, because in the end it could save your life.


In order to keep the population informed, the National Park Service took Facebook to release a set of rules about what to do and especially what not to do in case of bear encounter. However, they’ve done it using the most hilarious PSA ever. And in the end they definitely attract the attention as the comedic post went absolutely viral.

“Please don’t run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself,” the now viral post reads. “Move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground.”

Image credits National Park Service/ Facebook

The post continues by warning people not to climb a tree in an eventually attempt to escape a bear attack. Bears are great climbers, so that could be fatal. With a great sense of humor, bear experts at the National Park Service wrote: “Friends don’t use friends as bear bait. Do NOT push down a slower friend.”

They recommend you to keep your cool and be as calm as possible. “Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone,” the post reads. ” Don’t we all? ⁣⁣Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Help the bear recognize you as a human. We recommend using your voice. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.”

Even it sounds hilarious, these advices would definitely save your life, so be aware of it! Recently a group of hikers encounter a black bear in Monterrey, Mexico and the situation could have turn into something terrible, but thankfully those involved knew exactly what to do. Have a look:

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