Viewers of last night’s WJAR 11:00pm news can be forgiven for wondering whether they were watching reporter Julie Tremmel demonstrate what to do when you spot a bear or if she was re-enacting what happens after getting some bad meatloaf at the local deli.
After a Scituate, RI, man came face-to-face with a bear and didn’t know what to do, the reporter for the Providence NBC affiliate demonstrated advice given by experts.
“According to experts, you should avoid direct eye contact with the bear. Don’t run away, instead back off slowly. Wave your arms to let the animal know you’re human. Don’t yell. Stay quiet unless the bear attacks then scream and throw things at the bear. If the bear attacks, curl up into a ball on your side or lay flat on your stomach. And above all, stay calm.”
The man in the report was fine. He escaped into his garage to avoid the bear and called police.