In July I am making my first fishing trip to Alaska and shall be travelling alone. I have read and been advised that in certain areas I should be "Bear aware", but I am not too sure what this means in practical terms. When you are in the water fishing and a bear appears on the bank - do you stand still ? - do you walk away with your back to the bear so as to avoid eye-contact ? - do you slowly back away from it ? - or do you get on your knees and pray !!! If I am parked on the highway and have to walk through bush or woods to the river bank do I have to make noise continuously with a bell or whistle ? Any advice will be taken onboard, because we do not get many bears strolling through the streets of London !!!!
If my wife was with me there would be no problem. A couple of years back we were in B.C. and were going out for a stroll along a trail and I put on my running shoes. My wife said, " If we are chased by a bear do you think that you will run faster than it ?" - and I said," No! .... but I shall run faster than you!!!!". AND THAT IS WHEN THE FIGHT STARTED!!!