Be Prepared, Know the Bear Safety Tips!
Never feed a bear. Either intentionally or unintentionally -by not disposing of garbage in a bear-proof container. Bears' keen sense of smell can detect barbecue or picnic aromas from a considerable distance.
Hike in groups. Shout loudly from time to time to let a bear know you are there so it can avoid you.
Give bears plenty of space. Do not approach. No one should try to entice, pet or pose for a photo with a bear. Take pictures with a telephoto lens from a distance.
If you encounter a bear, remain calm. Back away slowly while facing the bear. Talk in a low, calm voice to the bear so that it can identify you as a human and non-threatening.
If a bear approaches you, speak firmly. Hold your ground. Face the bear and look directly at it. If a black bear becomes persistent, continue to stand your ground. If you have pepper spray, prepare it for use. Do not play dead. Do not run. The bear may bluff charge. If a black bear attacks, fight back with any weapon you can find including stones or branches.