Can I Outrun a Bear? - Backpacker

Can I Outrun a Bear?

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Q: A friend told me today that if a bear (or alligator) chases you, it is possible to outrun them if you run in a zigzag pattern because they don't turn very well. Is this true?

Submitted by - Tim B., Milford CT


Bears can turn on a dime while running full speed. There's no chance you'll outrun one--not ever. Alligators, on the other foot, might be less likely to perform speedy turns. I have been told a zigzag pattern might confuse a gator and throw it off the chase. My advice is to hope you never have to give it a try.