You may not count this as a necessary health risk, but you will if you find yourself in front of a bear. All you have to do is search images of bear attacks and the pictures will learn you.
- Don’t run you idiot. Back away slowly. But if even that agitates the bear, stop.
- Assume a non threatening posture by turning sideways or bending at the knees to appear small.
- Don’t make direct eye contact, bears interpret that as threatening.
- Drop something (NOT FOOD) to distract the bear.
- If a bear attacks and you have bear spray, use it!
- If the bear attacks and you DON’T have bear spray, protect your chest and abdomen by falling to the ground on your stomach, or assuming a fetal position to reduce the severity of the attack. Cover the back of your neck with your hands. STAY THERE until you are sure the bear has left.
- In rare cases the bear may be attacking at night or preying on you, try to escape. Use pepper spray, rocks, branches, whatever you can to let the bear know you’re not easy prey.
Hopefully you aren’t one of those people who leaves food out or puts it in their car instead of bear containers. You're asking for it.