What to do When You Meet a Bear

There's plenty of bear talk after a bear was tranquilized in Montrose and several sightings in La Crescenta for weeks. But what should you do if you encounter this particular bear or other wildlife?

We saw earlier this week that one possible hazard of , specifically the roaming creature found in Montrose-La Crescenta Tuesday. 

With repeated recent sightings and the , Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA continues to warn residents about how to handle a bear.

Here are tips to keep you safe whether you spot a bear in town or somewhere deep in the wild:

  • Never hike alone, always stick to the trail. 
  • Keep kids nearby. 
  • Do not approach the animal. 
  • Do not run away from the animal. 
  • Stand tall always, make eye contact and pick up your children without turning your back to the animal. 
  • Do all you can to make yourself appear bigger.  
  • Raise your arms and hands, throw rocks, branches, make noise, wave your arms slowly and speak loud.
  • Report sightings to authorities immediately.
Laura Monteros April 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hmmm...the bear expert who spoke in CV a few months ago said to back away slowly. Making yourself big and waving your arms is for cougars.


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