What should you do if you encounter a bear?
Generally speaking, there's no standard skill to conclude how to handle the engagement. Each encounter has different circumstances, and each bear may have different responses. The reactions and improvisations you have at the time of encounter will certainly affect how you can retreat from it unharmed.
In Taiwan, the chance of encountering a black bear in the wild to hike is rather low. As the population is quite small and they are highly alert and concealed with a sharp sense of smell and good hearing, they usually avoid humans and leave the site as soon as they detect the presence of people. In order to prevent uncertainty and unpleasant situations, we should stay attentive and try to understand their habits and various types of possible responses, so that we can avoid unnecessary bear-human conflicts.
Ecological code of conduct
Report of bear sighting
Or visit the official website of Yushan National Park to fill out a report of bear sighting
How to identify the traces of Formosan black bears
The population of Formosan black bears in the wild is quite small. They are quite clever and concealed, and mostly move in environments with dense vegetation, so it is not easy to have firsthand contact with these black bears. Yet, We can learn the various traces left by them and understand their appearance and ecological habits associated with the surrounding environments, and we know that they often leave traces of foods, excretion, footprints, and claw marks.