My friends and I are traveling the North Country Trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this August. Even though odds are small, we could encounter a grizzly bear. This is something none of us have experience with, so as we prepare it is the top discussion of safety.

We understand that we should cook food more than 100yd's away from our sleeping area, and hang food in a bear canister (or bag)/anything else that may attract them via smell.

If we encounter a grizzly bear, what should we do? What if we are in a tent and hear a bear walk by (which I've heard is most common, because they are traveling to hikers' food, typically through a campsite)?

None of us are registered to carry a gun, so that isn't an option. For the sake of this website and the completeness of question for future users, the answerer could also provide an answer assuming we had a weapon.

  • Also related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/225/… – nhinkle Jul 16 '15 at 17:46
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    @nhinkle I'm not sure why those didn't show up when I searched "Bear" or "Bear encounter" on this site. Good links! Thanks a lot. – Ryan Welsh Jul 16 '15 at 17:49
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    @nhinkle Although, in my opinion, the first link doesn't give much useful information (outside of what I would expect to be common knowledge). The one answer that seemed to provide extra detail has a broken link, so it is useless. – Ryan Welsh Jul 16 '15 at 17:51
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    No problem @ryan. They did both show up under the bears tag. You should see a button that says "this answered my question" which will help point future visitors to those other questions. – nhinkle Jul 16 '15 at 17:52
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    Good call on the dead link; I was able to find an older copy of that page on archive.org and put that link in. – nhinkle Jul 16 '15 at 17:56