Don't Push Your Slow Friend Down to Save Yourself from a Bear

August 6, 2020

Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).

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We've all heard "I don't have to out run the bear, I just have to out run YOU," when it comes to a wild encounter in the woods. Well don't do that. 

The National Parks Service put up a Facebook Post that reminded folks, if they encounted a bear to "Please don't push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself." Plus they threw in things like "don't run" (really don't bears are MUCH faster than you) and "don't climb a tree" (Yep, they are great climbers) and "Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear."

They do suggest that you " move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears." and "use your voice...let them know you're human with your voice." Chances are the bear has no interest in you anyway, they say, "Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone." He's probably just minding his own business, maybe doing what bears do in the woods. 

The fact that they even had to put this in a post leads us to believe that someone actually TRIED IT! We don't know that for sure, but we'll go with it. Some friend they were!