Salve for Souls

Friday, December 18, 2015

BEAR ESSENTIALS - What if you encounter one?





Liz did everything wrong when she encountered a black bear with cubs in the woods behind her New York State home. After making eye contact, which the bear may have perceived as a challenge or threat, she ran in blind panic. The bear gave chase.
Although this opening scene in my romance/suspense novel, "Love's Sweetest Revenge," is fictional, many have had a "real life" encounter with a bear. Some do not escape.
Liz should have known better than to run. Her ex-husband was a hiker and fisherman. He had warned her.
Bears have a keen sense of smell. If you see one, don't try to run away. Back away slowly. Yell at the bear. Firmly tell it to leave. "Get out of here!" Especially beware of a mother bear with cubs.
As Liz ran, she heard the bear closing in—snapping branches, crunching on the forest floor.
Suddenly, she tripped over an exposed root, falling and striking her head against an old, stone wall. Immediately the bear was on top of her.

If only she'd heeded her ex-husband's advice. It echoes instruction given by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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IF A BEAR BECOMES AGGRESSIVE AND
APPROACHES YOU:
Raise your arms and speak in a loud, calm voice while backing away.
IF IT CHARGES YOU:
Stand your ground
If you have bear spray, dispense directly at the bear. Please access the Department of Environmental Conservation website to learn about the proper use of bear spray.
IF IT FOLLOWS YOU:
Stay together.
Do not run, but continue to back away while speaking loudly.                                  
IF THE BEAR CONTINUES TO FOLLOW YOU:
Stand your ground.
Intimidate by making yourself look bigger by waving arms, clapping, shouting, banging sticks.
Prepare to fight or use bear spray.
IF THE BEAR MAKES CONTACT WITH YOU:
Fight back with anything at hand (knife, stick, rocks, fists).
To find out more, visit:http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/94710.html
But what became of Liz? It is all revealed in "Love's Sweetest Revenge," Book 1 in the "Castle in the Sun," series. E-book ONLY 99 cents. Paperback also available.
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In Book 2, "Love's Sweetest Obsession," Liz finds herself running from something even more dangerous than a bear--a person and her past.
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