Bear Awareness, also known as Wilderness Awareness, is an Entry-Level Core Training course useful for anyone who may be working in a remote area with a high risk of encountering wildlife. It is also available at the Become an Instructor level. Companion courses depend entirely on the specific field of work.
Workers in remote or wilderness locations are presented with hazards specific to their environment including wild animals (i.e. bears), poor access to rescue, and poisonous insects or plants. Bear Awareness teaches workers a better approach to safely interacting with wildlife and how to manage the risks unique to a remote working environment.
With an emphasis on co-existing safely with wildlife, Bear Awareness educates participants on the regulations concerning regional wildlife and the risks of living and working in the wilderness. Demonstrating how preparedness is the best way to handle wildlife, the course outlines proper food and garbage storage to disincentivize wildlife encounters. Participants learn how to differentiate between different types of bears and pick up on specific bear behaviors, such as discerning a defensive attack from a non-defensive attack, and how to react appropriately (i.e. when to play dead vs. when to make loud noises). Participants also learn emergency response procedures following a bear attack. Other carnivores and large herbivores (including moose, wolves, and cougars) are discussed, as well as dangerous plants and insects and other wilderness risks including dehydration, hypothermia and heatstroke.