As winter turns to spring, there’s still plenty of good riding to be had in the backcountry. But before you head out, you might want to throw some bear spray into your pack if you're recreating in bear country. The critters are waking up, and no one wants to bump into a 600-pound drowsy grizzly bear unprepared. To him, you look like a breakfast burrito in a Gore-tex tortilla. Jokes aside, give animals their proper space since we’re the ones romping around in their backyard.
Should you encounter a grizzly bear, here are a few tips to staying safe:
-If you encounter a grizzly, do not run.
-Avoid direct eye contact.
-Walk away slowly, if the bear is not approaching.
-If the bear charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it).
-Don't scream or yell.
-If you have pepper spray, prepare to use it.