Tonight on Dead or Alive, we hear two real-life horror stories of what happens when grizzly bears attack.
In their natural Alaskan habitat, the thirty thousand bears that inhabit the wilderness have all they need to thrive: food, water and open, uninhabited spaces to roam. But when a young, inexperienced group unwittingly cross paths with a grizzly, the results are grim.
Meanwhile, three groups of travelers vacation to Yellowstone, one of the most popular national parks in the country. Little do they know that their fates will become intertwined – due to one hungry grizzly, roaming in the night.
While bear attacks of this magnitude are rare, learn how to protect yourself when you’re in grizzly territory:
DON’T: Keep food in your tent or campsite. With noses seven times more sensitive than a bloodhound’s, grizzly bears are constantly on the hunt for food and will go to any lengths to scavenge.
DO: Buy bear-safe containers or lockers for your food. If a bear visits your campsite, protecting your provisions can make the difference between life and death.
DON’T: Venture into bear territory without proper information. Bears aren’t out to hunt humans; on the contrary, they generally seek to avoid us. But as more inexperienced tourists travel into spaces shared by bears, attacks have increased. Knowing the rules of hiking in areas where bears inhabit is crucial to staying safe and avoiding a deadly encounter.
DO: Take preventative steps. You’re more likely to encounter a bear in dense undergrowth, so be aware when hiking in the woods. Stay in a group. Avoid avoid bears by making noise. If you’re out hiking, make noise to identify yourself as a human and ward off bears
DON’T: Act like a prey item. If you’re confronted with by a bear, control the urge to run, scream or fight. Grizzlies chase their prey down with ease, capable of running up to 40 miles per hour. Run from a bear and you’ll activate their predatorial instinct, resulting in near-certain capture and attack. And while experts suggest fighting back against the more-timid black bears when they attack, playing dead is a better bet against aggressive grizzlies.
DO: Stay composed and slowly retreat. Show the bear you’re being submissive by avoiding direct eye contact, backing away and speaking in a calm voice, showing the bear you’re a human and not a threat. If the bear continues to advance towards you, employ bear spray.
Hear the harrowing true stories of grizzly attacks tonight on Dead or Alive at 9P.