Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What to do if you encounter a bear:

Black bears are not naturally aggressive, but they are strong, powerful animals. A bear intent on getting a meal can easily injure someone who gets in its way. Every year bears that have become too comfortable around people have to be destroyed. Black bears are highly intelligent. Wild black bears seldom attack unless they feel threatened, cornered or are provoked.

If you surprise a bear on a trail:

• Stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you and leave. Talk in a normal tone of voice. Be sure the bear has an escape route.

• Never run or climb a tree.

• If you see cubs, their mother is usually close by. Leave the area immediately.

If the bear doesn’t leave:

• A bear standing up is just trying to identify what you are by getting a better look and smell.

• Wave your arms slowly overhead and talk calmly. If the bear huffs, pops it jaws or stomps a paw, it wants you to give it space.

• Step off the trail to the downhill side, keep looking at the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight.

If the bear approaches:

• A bear knowingly approaching a person could be a food-conditioned bear looking for a handout or, very rarely, an aggressive bear. Stand your ground. Yell or throw small rocks in the direction of the bear.

• Get out your bear spray and use it when the bear is about 40 feet away.

• If you’re attacked, don’t play dead. Fight back with anything available. People have successfully defended themselves with pen knives, trekking poles and even bare hands.

Source: Colorado Division of Wildlife

Worst Case Scenario: Desert Survival

Speaking of bears, I think Bear actually got one right this time:

Worst Case Scenario: Desert Survival

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Self-Defense And Safety Tips For Travelers


Self-Defense And Safety Tips For Travelers

5.56mm Issues

I don't get to exited about this kind of stuff, but it's good to be aware of it.

After Armageddon-The History Channel

I really need to watch the rest of these...