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BEARS

BEAR ENCOUNTERS

• It is important to stand still when initially encountering a bear. Do not run. This can cause the bear to pursue you and they are much faster than you are. You cannot outrun a bear.

• Give bears their space. Never approach a bear.

• Bears will sometimes bluff charge, meaning they will run at you and turn away at the last moment.

• If you are being attacked by a bear and you don't have access to your bear spray, play dead by getting face down on the ground and protecting the back of your neck with your hands.

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BOTH GRIZZLY BEARS AND BLACK BEARS ARE PRESENT IN THE GREATER BIG SKY AREA

GRIZZLIES (Ursus arctos horrilibis)

• These bears are adapted for massive strength, quickness and running speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

• Grizzlies can live more than 30 years.

• Twin cubs are born more often than single cubs. Triplets are not uncommon.

• Female grizzlies are very protective of their young.

BLACK BEARS (Ursus americanas)

• The range of black bears is broad, expanding from most of Canada down to Mexico, with a high prevalence in the Rocky Mountain states.

• Black bears are very proficient climbers and are known to sleep in the branches of trees.

• They are omnivorous, with a diet consisting of leafy plants, grasses, berries, insects, fish and meat.

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