A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is if it's a brown bear, you lie down. If it's a black bear, you fight back.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is if it's a brown bear, you lie down. If it's a black bear, you fight back.
But bear experts say that in run-ins with brown, or grizzly, bears the idea is to play dead only after a brown bear has struck or is about to, not before.
The advice comes after a female hiker was attacked by a grizzly bear last week at Alaska's Denali National Park after she played dead. Officials say playing dead too soon could trigger a bear's curiosity.
The woman survived, but the Friday bear attack was among the latest in the U.S.
There are other tips to keep in mind in Bear Country this summer. People would be wise to venture out in groups, be aware of immediate surroundings, and make a lot of noise to avoid surprising a bear. They also should watch for sows with cubs because mama bears, especially brown bears, can be extremely aggressive in protecting their young.