Like, OMG. This one is so easy.
Clearly, you're here to learn how to avoid being attacked by a bear while camping.
You're about to read the big secret that will keep you alive.
And Here It Is:
JUST GO CAMPING!
(LOL! No, I'm serious.)
The secret is to just do it. You're not going to be attacked by a bear in your camper.
You're not even going to be attacked by a bear outside of your camper. Probably not on a trail, either.
How do we know this?
Let's have a look at the odds.
Bear Attack Fatalities
According to Petpedia.co, your risk of being attacked by a bear is slim to none.
The chance you will ever be attacked by a bear is approximately one in 2.1 million, according to the National Park Service.
Petpedia says that the 2.1 factoid is according to the National Park Service, which I cannot find where they say it online. But I'm going to believe it due to the other similar factoids found online.
So one in 2.1 million doesn't put your mind to rest?
Ok then- to put it into perspective, your chances of being killed by a bee are greater. You're more likely to fall and hit your head and die. You can EASILY die in a car wreck or a wreck towing your trailer. Your chances of dying from COVID are much greater.
For even more perspective, there's this. I have lived on public lands since May of 2015.
How many bears have I seen? Under 10. And I LIVE IN THEIR HABITAT!
Never has one been near my travel trailer. I've only seen them out on a remote trail or on a drive.
Anyway, there are MANY other ways you are much more likely to die.
Let's look at some bear attack facts:
- Yellowstone National Park says the chances of dying in a pool of boiling water are greater than being killed by a bear in the park.
- Yellowstone is huge and has MANY bears, yet these statistics show that your chances of being killed by one are, well, you're gonna die of natural causes before you are killed by a bear.
- Your chances of being killed in the lower 48 are even less than getting killed in North America. Here is a nice list if you want to peruse who has been VERY unfortunate with bears in the past. Knock yourself out- go ahead and scare yourself with it, despite the facts.
- Let's put it into even more perspective. This article by Outsideonline shows what kills people the most in the outdoors. It sure isn't bears. Your biggest 'concerns' should be drowning or being hit by a car.
Let's look at some other common things people are afraid of when camping. (This section is just to support a point.)
Stories From Our Hundreds Of RVing Friends Who Have Been Attacked By Bears:
Stories From Friends Who Have Feared For Their Lives While Camping:
Well, we had one incident. But it wasn't from animals. It was from humans.
Stories From Friends Who Could Have Died While Camping:
Welllllllll, MAYBE one? It's our own story. Had Marshall been camping alone, this could have become life threatening. But it had NOTHING to do with a bear.
Just more proof bears are pretty much the last thing you need to worry about when camping.
Stories From Friends Who Have Needed Their Gun While Camping:
Sorry if this burst your love of being afraid of bears or other animals. Because that is precisely what this article should have done.
Hopefully it showed you that though some of our fears may feel righteous, when you look at facts, you should see how ridiculous your fears are.
Take advantage of man's spectacular ability to keep records and track statistics such as bear attacks to quell your fear.
A bear attack is not going to happen, especially not if you take just the simplest of precautions:
How To Stay Safe In Bear Country
- Wear a bear bell or make noise when on a hike
- Bring your bear spray and KEEP IT WITHIN IMMEDIATE REACH, not in your backpack
- Hike in large groups. Make sure you can run faster than the slowest person (heh)
- DON'T leave food out around your campsite!
- If in tent or soft-sided camper, put food up in trees, in your vehicle, or in provided bear-proof storage for it
- Keep pet dogs leashed
- Here is an even more comprehensive list of things to do and not to do if you encounter a bear
If you read this whole thing and you are still afraid of bears, godspeed to you.
You simply WANT to be afraid of them, or have an unnatural fear of them. Maybe a therapist is in order.
If you read this and are no longer concerned about a bear killing you, congratulations! Your thoughts are now correct.
You've got your head on your shoulders.
If you let unwarranted fears control your life, camping probably isn't for you. There are going to be unknowns, problems to solve, and wild animals in the vicinity.
If you don't worry about them and don't try to attract them, they will do their best to stay away from you and all humans. (This is why you should NEVER feed wild animals.)
Get out there, use your head, and enjoy all of the benefits that nature provides!
Author: Kelly Beasley
He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.