10 Survival Myths That Will Get You Killed in an Emergency

2. Don’t Play Dead if a Black Bear Attacks

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You’ve probably heard that you can play dead if a bear attacks.

However, this myth should only be applied if a mother grizzly bear is attempting to protect her cubs from you.

Here’s something to keep in mind with bear survival: In every other bear attack situation, especially when a black bear is involved, you will need to fight to survive.

Of course, backing up slowly may work if an attack hasn’t been started yet. If you’re being actively attacked, though, kick, punch and yell for all you’re worth.

RELATED: How to Survive a Bear Attack [STEP-BY-STEP]

If possible, use rocks and sticks for defensive purposes.

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