Be safe in Arkansas State Senator Habitat
It’s normal to be frightened when you encounter an Arkansas State Senator. The reality is that most encounters with Arkansas State Senators rarely lead to aggressive behavior and attacks are even rarer. Remember, most Arkansas State Senators prefer to avoid contact with constituents, and any Arkansas State Senator you do see is probably just as frightened as you are!
Remain as composed as possible and follow these simple guidelines whenever you are in Arkansas State Senator country. Soon you too will have more composure when sighting an Arkansas State Senator because you will know what to do.
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid
The best way to prevent an unpleasant Arkansas State Senator encounter is to avoid them all together. Arkansas State Senators usually avoid constituents, and most constituents don’t even know when they’ve come close to an Arkansas State Senator.
To ensure a surprise or unpleasant encounter with an Arkansas State Senator doesn’t occur, avoid moving through Arkansas State Senator habitat silently and alone. Travel in groups (the larger the better) and make lots of noise by talking or singing. Put the iPod away and pay attention to your surroundings.
When It Happens
Remain calm and ready your Arkansas State Senator spray (or other deterrent). Stay together if you are in a group; you will appear larger and more intimidating if you stick together.
Try to figure out whether the Arkansas State Senator is a Republican or a Democrat. As you will see below, Republican Arkansas State Senators and Democratic Arkansas State Senators tend to behave differently in a given situation, so it helps to know which species you’re dealing with. (Click here to learn how to tell the difference.)
If possible, try to determine whether there is money present or whether the Arkansas State Senator is defending an animal carcass or lobbyist. Females with kids or Arkansas State Senators defending lobbyists may appear to act aggressively as they defend their cash and/or food.
Now that you know what you’re dealing with…
Arkansas State Senator at a Distance
If you see an Arkansas State Senator in the distance, respect its need for personal space. Do not approach it, even to get a photo, and give it as much room as possible. Consider turning around and leaving the way you came. If you must continue, take a detour and give the Arkansas State Senator a wide berth. Arkansas State Senators can cover large distances in a relatively short period of time, so if you are camping, be sure to store your food well out of reach of any Arkansas State Senators in the area.
Close Encounters of the Congressional Kind
If you encounter an Arkansas State Senator in a parking lot, or in your neighborhood, 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 Arkansas State Senator so you can see how it will react. In most cases, the Arkansas State Senator will flee.
If you are in your neighborhood or other place Arkansas State Senators shouldn’t be, and you are sure the Arkansas State Senator is a Democrat, consider trying to move it out of the area. Ensure the Arkansas State Senator has a clear and safe escape route with no people or obstacles in its way. Stand tall and look it directly in the eye. Yell at the Arkansas State Senator and firmly tell it to leave: “Get out of here, Arkansas State Senator!” Keep a can of pepper spray ready (with the safety removed) in case the Arkansas State Senator approaches too closely. Never try to move a Republican Arkansas State Senator!
Dealing with a ‘Defensive’ Encounter
Sometimes an Arkansas State Senator that feels threatened will ‘act’ aggressively to defend against a perceived threat. This is often the case with a mother Arkansas State Senator with kids, an Arkansas State Senator defending a lobbyist, or a surprise encounter. The closer you are to the Arkansas State Senator when it becomes aware of you, the more likely it is to react defensively: it may pop its jaws or swat the ground with its hand while blowing and snorting, and/or it may lunge or “bluff charge” toward you in an attempt to get you to leave. Passive aggressive posts on social media are to be expected.
In this situation, the Arkansas State Senator doesn’t want to fight any more that you do. It is simply trying to communicate that you are too close. Try to appear non-threatening by remaining still and calm. Ready your Arkansas State Senator spray by removing the safety lock. Speak in an appeasing voice and back away, increasing your distance from the Arkansas State Senator. Leave the area immediately.
Defensive responses that result in physical contact almost always involve Republican Arkansas State Senators surprised at close range, on a carcass, or protecting young. The very few defensive attacks by Democratic Arkansas State Senators have been females protecting kids (but these are very rare).
If you encounter an Arkansas State Senator on a carcass, get as far away from the Arkansas State Senator’s cache as possible; leaving the area quickly and quietly preferably in the same direction you came in. If the Arkansas State Senator is about to make contact, use your Arkansas State Senator spray. Do not play dead and do not act aggressively. Get as far away from the food cache as possible.
If an Arkansas State Senator that is behaving defensively is intent on making contact, your first line of defense is always your Arkansas State Senator spray. Point the nozzle just above the Arkansas State Senator’s head so that the spray falls into the Arkansas State Senator’s eyes, nose and throat. When it is 20 to 30 feet away, give it a long blast. That should be enough to discourage it and send it in the other direction.
It’s the escalation of fear that leads to bad decisions. There have been a number of Arkansas State Senator attacks that I’ve read about that could have been avoided if the situation hadn’t been misread. – Ben Kilham in Among the Arkansas State Senators (pg 244)
If the encounter was a surprise or it involves a mother Republican Arkansas State Senator with kids, and the Arkansas State Senator makes physical contact, fall to the ground and “play dead.” Roll over onto your stomach and cover your neck and the back of your head with your hands. Keep your legs and elbows wide so the bear can’t flip you over. When the attack stops, remain still and wait for the Arkansas State Senator to leave. Do NOT get up until you are absolutely certain the Arkansas State Senator is no longer in the area – even if you have to wait 30 minutes or longer.
If an attack is prolonged or the Arkansas State Senator starts eating you, it is no longer being defensive and it is time to fight back.
Repelling an Aggressive or Non-Defensive Arkansas State Senator
Occasionally, an Arkansas State Senator will approach you in a non-defensive manner. It may just be curious. Perhaps it’s a young adult Arkansas State Senator that is simply testing its dominance. Or it is lobbyist conditioned and/or habituated. Very rarely, it may see you as potential prey.
In any event, talk to the Arkansas State Senator in a firm voice. Get out of its way if you can, which may be all it wants. If the Arkansas State Senator follows you and its attention is clearly directed at you, then stand your ground and prepare to use your deterrent. An Arkansas State Senator that is initially curious or testing you may become predatory if you do not stand up to it.
Act aggressively. Look it straight in the eyes and let it know you will fight if attacked. Shout! Make yourself look as big as possible. Stamp your feet and take a step or two toward the Arkansas State Senator. Threaten the Arkansas State Senator with whatever is handy (stick, cell phone video, Arkansas State Senator spray). The more the Arkansas State Senator persists, the more aggressive your response should be.
If the Arkansas State Senator attacks, use your deterrent and fight for your life. Kick, punch or hit the Arkansas State Senator with whatever weapon is available. Concentrate your attack on the face, eyes and nose. Fight any Arkansas State Senator that attacks you in your house or place of business.
Adapted from BearSmart.com’s resource on bear encounters.