Tips to Survive a Bear Attack

What you can do to increase your chances of surviving an encounter with the dangerous animal.
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kickoff of "Gma" survival week. Try to imagine coming face to face with a grizzly bear. Terrifying and potentially deadly. There are some things you can do to increase your chances of survival. Matt Gutman is here with more. Matt, do tell. Reporter: In order to do that, we had to spend a day with a 1300-pound grizzly. I felt the hot breath on my face. With the increase in human-bear interactions in recent years, the best survival tip is is to avoid them. As one pair of hunter learned, if you're attacked, fight with everything you've got. You could feel it puncture deeply. You could feel the teeth. Reporter: Motorcycle and his son-in-law, Jeff, lucky to be alive this morning after an unbelievable clash with two brown bears. I could see him shaking his head with his teeth buried in my leg. Reporter: A 700-pound bear pouncing on Snowden on a deer hunting trip in Alaska. Orks Sten fig three shots at the bear. Another bear charged. Ostern firing again. If it hadn't have been for my son-in-law, I doubt I would have survived. Reporter: Bear attacks continue to roar in the news. Six fatal attacks reported in north America this year alone. You're 250 times more likely to die of a lightning strike than a bear attack. Kind of speechless right now. Good. Reporter: This is a 1300-pound grizzly bear wrestling with a 200-pound man. That's Doug Suess, doing the unthinkable. For him, this is life with Bart. He and his wife created this habitat. Bart is a 10-foot-tall trained Alaska grizzly. Featured most recently in "Game of thrones." Good. Reporter: It's not every day you see a man put his head inside a grizzly's mouth willingly. Does it hurt to have your head there? Not really. We have confidence in one another. Reporter: His command of Bart is impressive. Good, wide, wide, wide. Go to sleep. Oh, good. Reporter: We hired him to show us the techniques that could help someone survive a rare and dangerous bear encounter. You don't want to surprise them. You want to let them know that you're in the area. Reporter: If you don't have much time the calculate, do you run? Stand? Try to make yourself large? Never run. Reporter: Never run? Never run. You would talk in monotones. I'm all right. You're all right. There's nothing here. Slowly back away. Reporter: Black bears are often more timid than grizzlies. If you encounter an aggressive black bear, you need to intimidate it. If it attacks, fight it with everything you've got. With grizzlies, there's a difference. To protect your vital spots, cover your face and neck, try to get on your stomach. They're going to try to turn you over like that. You would want to go back into position like this. Reporter: Offering you your best chance at survival. But clearly, if a 1,000-pound grizzly is upon you, you don't have that much of a chance. The key, of course is to advertise your presence to the bears when you're among them. Make noise in their habitat. Better than the gun Jeff used, use this bear spray. It's very powerful. It totally disorients the bears. Knocks out their senses at once. We have a lot more survival tips to come. I am all right. You're all right. I'd be saying, I'm scared to death. They say back up like this. You are okay. I lo you guys. See you later. Bye bye, we're okay. I'm okay. Don't look the bear in the eye. Okay, no problem. More to come. And coming up, the mother

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