Please 'bear' with us

Bears like the one pictured here frequent the Air Force Academy's wilderness areas. The Academy Natural Resources office advises hikers to use caution when they spot bears: don't move quickly or make loud noises and give the bear space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Bears like the one pictured here frequent the Air Force Academy's wilderness areas. The Academy Natural Resources office advises hikers to use caution when they spot bears: don't move quickly or make loud noises and give the bear space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Several bears have been spotted on the Academy recently. The Academy Natural Resources staff offers the following tips should you come upon a bear in the wild. 

If you surprise a bear on a trail:

-- Stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you and leave. Talk in a normal tone of voice. Be sure the bear has an escape route. 
--  Never run or climb a tree. 
--  If you see cubs, their mother is usually close by. Leave the area immediately. 

If the bear doesn't leave: 

-- A bear standing up is just trying to identify what you are by getting a better look and smell. 
-- Wave your arms slowly overhead and talk calmly. If the bear huffs, pops it jaws or stomps a paw, it wants you to give it space. 
-- Step off the trail to the downhill side, keep looking at the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight.