The National Geographic magazine recently published a special issue called “The Best Life: A Guide to a Life That’s Good for Bears.”
The magazine’s special edition is packed with practical advice for people living in or near a bear country, including ways to get outdoors, enjoy a safe winter, and get the best of both worlds: a balanced diet, a warm, well-equipped camp, and lots of good company.
The special issue includes advice on everything from what to do when a bear attacks you to how to keep your family warm and safe in the event of a bear attack.
But the most interesting parts of the special issue, which is titled “How to Live Your Best Life,” focus on how to live a “better life” in bear country.
“It’s the ultimate bear experience,” one author, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells the magazine.
“If you’re a bear, you’re in a unique situation.”
In this article, I’m going to tell you exactly how to survive, and thrive, in bearcountry and bear country—including what to eat, what to wear, how to avoid getting hit, and much more.
The guide includes tips on how you can safely spend your days and nights in bearland, how you should treat your bear companions, and what to say when you see a bear.
You’ll also learn what to expect in a bear encounter, including whether you should flee or fight.
But it’s not all bearland.
There’s also good news for humans living near a wilderness area: There are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe and healthy during bear attacks.
Here are the top tips from the special edition:1.
Wear a bear repellent2.
Keep your tent and sleeping bag closed3.
Make sure your dogs, cats, and pets are vaccinated against the H5N1 virus.4.
Use bear spray5.
Wear bear boots, and don’t leave them on your back during bear encounters.6.
If you see an attack, don’t panic, but don’t be afraid.
Bear attacks happen, and if you’re still afraid, it’s a sign you need to be more vigilant.7.
Keep yourself and your family alive by keeping your tent open and leaving it shut.
If you have a pet, take it to the vet right away and ask them to keep it vaccinated against H5NV1.8.
Take a bear-proof shower to help prevent infection.9.
Wear your bear suit when you’re hiking in bear territory.10.
Take precautions for your health at home and in bear camps, including how to make sure your bear is comfortable.
Read the entire issue here.