Bear safety tips for hiking in Jasper and Banff
Black bear by Overlander Mountain Lodge
Most hikers spend their time on the trails peacefully admiring natural flora and fauna, but those who venture out in Jasper National Park and other parts of bear country have to be on the lookout for grizzlies and black bears. If you spot a bear in the distance, resist the urge to get a closer view and retreat slowly downwind. If the bear has detected you, following these five tips may save your life.
1. Do Not Run.
Most people understandably respond to danger by running away from it as quickly as possible, but unless you have super-human speed, avoid the temptation. Jasper National Park is home to grizzly bears that can sprint up to 35 miles per hour, far faster than any human.
2. Remain Calm.
Slowly take a few steps backward while speaking calmly. Avoid looking the bear in the eyes but never let him out of your sight.