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I am planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail. I have never hiked in an area with bears. What safety precautions should I take to avoid them (or for them to avoid me) and what should I do if I encounter a bear?

Is it safe for someone with no experience with bears to hike on the Appalachian Trail where there are bears?

  • Welcome Julia. We already have a lots of questions discussing about precautions need to be taken while camping in areas with Bears. I will request you to please go through them first, and if it doesn't clear your doubts, then your always welcome to come up with a specific question. – WedaPashi Aug 9 '15 at 8:00
  • For example: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/225/2303 – WedaPashi Aug 9 '15 at 8:04
  • @WedaPashi I see. Sorry about that! – Julia Aug 9 '15 at 14:21
  • Not a problem. Hope it answered your questions. – WedaPashi Aug 11 '15 at 8:32