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National Park Service Warns People Never To Sacrifice Your Friend To A Bear To Save Yourself In Iconic Tweet

The NPS also accompanied their joking tweet with a document about how to stay safe if you encounter a bear in the wild.

bear approaching person with tweet from @krystalrnurse overlaid
National Park Service; krystalrnurse/Twitter

There are a lot of things you should do if you ever come in contact with a bear. But most of us don't know what all of those things are.

That's why the National Park Service released some very helpful information about handling bear attacks.

According to them, the first rule of bear fight club is... don't sacrifice a friend to save yourself.

The NPS feels so strongly about this advice they even created posters.

NPS poster "Friends don't use friends as bear bait"National Park Service

In a comical statement, the organization—part of the Department of the Interior—gave some interesting tips on bear attacks.

"Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat for any visitor to a national park. It is important to remember that bears in national parks are wild and can be dangerous."
"Don't push a slower friend down. Even if you feel like the friendship has run its course."

You can see the NPS tweet here.

Although the post was clearly designed to be funny, the National Park Service did follow up with a post containing actual helpful tips on what to do if you encounter a bear.

These tips include playing dead if you encounter a brown/grizzly bear.

"Lay flat on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck. Spread your legs to make it harder for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area."

If you encounter a black bear, the National Park Service suggests you run.

"If escape is not possible, try to fight back using any object available. Concentrate your kicks and blows on the bear's face and muzzle."

The comments on the post did not disappoint.

As funny as the advice is, it's still pretty sound advice.