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My Guide to Achieving a Saturday Morning Lie-in with a Toddler.
BearsToddlers are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous animals, but undue fear of bearstoddlers can endanger both bearstoddlers and people. Respecting bearstoddlers and learning proper behavior in their territory will help so that if you encounter a bear toddler, neither of you will suffer needlessly from the experience.
If you see a beartoddler, avoid it if you can. Give the beartoddler every opportunity to avoid you. If you do encounter a bear toddler at close distance, remain calm. Attacks are rare. Chances are, you are not in danger. Most bears toddlers are interested only in protecting food, cubs cuddly toys or their "personal space." Once the threat is removed, they will move on.
Remember the following:
Let the beartoddler know you are human. Talk to the beartoddler in a soothing voice. Wave your arms. Help the beartoddler recognize you. If a beartoddler cannot tell what you are, it may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing beartoddler is usually curious, not threatening.
You may try to back away slowly diagonally, but if the beartoddler follows, stop and hold your ground.
You can't outrun a bear toddler. They have been clocked at speeds up to 35 mph, and like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals parents. Bears Toddlers often make bluff charges, sometimes to within 10 feet of their adversary, without making contact. Continue waving your arms and talking to the bear toddler. If the beartoddler gets too close, bang pots and pans. Use noisemakers. Never imitate bear toddler sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.
If a beartoddler actually touches you, fall to the ground and play dead. Lie flat on your stomach, or curl up in a ball with your hands behind your neck. Protect your vital organs. Typically a beartoddler will break off its attack once it feels the threat has been eliminated. Remain motionless for as long as possible. If you move, the bear toddler may return and renew its attack and you must again play dead.
*Thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the safety information.