By Darryl Payne
Posted on September 16, 2013
If you haven't seen the video taken last week of a black bear roaming the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, it's really quite a site. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaMJNYIq0Yo&feature=youtu.be
Unfortunately, however, this video offers up several lessons in what NOT to do if you run into a black bear of any age. Even though bear attacks are rare, they are wild animals nonetheless and should be treated with respect and caution. If you're staying anywhere in East Tennessee-Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville-here are some tips from the National Park Service for what you SHOULD do if you see a bear
• Remain watchful. Do not approach the bear, even to get a great photograph. If a bear changes its behavior, you're getting too close. Slowly back away.
• If a bear follows or approaches you, change your direction. If it continues to follow, stand your ground by talking loudly, shouting and making yourself look as large as possible.
• As a last resort, if a bear persists in following you, don't try to outrun it. You can't. Instead, throw a non-food item at the bear or prepare to defend yourself with a stick.
About Darryl Payne
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