For those unable to outrun their friends and family during a bear attack, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) office based in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, offers these suggestions to avoid encounters with black bears.
Lesson Number One: The Color of Black Bears
Black bears are sometimes brown, so don't be fooled. The USFS says black bears can even appear to be white or "blue glacier" colored.
In other words, if it looks like a bear, it's probably a bear no matter what color it is; especially if you've been eating odd mushrooms, forest berries or sharing "happy brownies" with hikers you don't know too well.
Lesson Number Two: How to Spot a Giant Black Bear at Night
The best way to spot a bear at night is to take a picture of the darkness around your campsite. If you see this reflection, congratulations! You've found a black bear!
Black bears can become a threat to humans, property and themselves. These encounters usually end poorly for the bear or the hiker.
Walk loudly and carry a big stick.
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