As we look forward to Memorial Day weekend, many folks around Wyoming will head out into the backcountry for some camping fun with their families and friends.

With the warming spring temperatures, lots of wild animals are waking from the long Wyoming winter and if you're lucky, you can get a view of some of them as they are now out foraging for food.

But as you head out into the woods, be smart about animal encounters.  Do you know what to do if you encounter a bear in the backcountry?

Experts say that if you encounter a bear on the trail, or in your campsite, stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation. Identify yourself by speaking in a calm, appeasing tone. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, don't run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it will react.

But one guy in Sweden has a different theory.  He suggests you scream at the bear, especially if its charging at you.  WARNING: This should be a last resort when it comes to any situation where you encounter a bear.  But it just might work.

Above all, being prepared for an unlikely animal encounter when your are in the woods is your best bet.  Knowing what to do and being aware of your surroundings and carrying bear spray will help keep you and your family better protected in the event you should encounter a bear.