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Safety Tips While in Bear Country

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Seven people have been mauled by bears in five states since Thursday. While the number is staggering, each year there are millions of interactions between bears and humans.

"In Yellowstone park for example, they have something like 3 million visitors a year. And some years they don't even have a bear attack. The chances of being attacked by a bear are extremely small," says FWP Information Officer Bruce Auchly.

While the chances are small, the risks are still there. Bears maybe seen more during this time of year as the prep for hibernation.

"This time of year, late summer as we get into the fall, we have a lot of bears that are out. They're looking to store up food for the winter and so they'll be looking for food sometimes as much as 20 hours a day," says Auchly. 

FWP recommends before hitting the outdoors to take bear spray. Not only should you carry bear spray but know how to use it. Look out for bear signs such as bear scats and partly eaten animal carcasses. Keep tents and sleeping bags odor free and don't wear the same clothes worn after cooking or eating while sleeping. 

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