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What do I do if the bear is on me? Playing dead may help to prevent serious injury if you are attacked by a grizzly bear. Do not play dead during a black bear attack or if a grizzly bear is treating you as prey. Playing dead will help protect your vital areas, and the bear may leave if you appear harmless (or dead). There are two recommended positions for instances like these: curl up into a ball on your side with your hands clasped behind your neck or lie flat on the ground, face down, fingers intertwined behind your neck to protect yourself from getting your head or neck bitten