The Long Dark is full of dangers that can cut your time in the game short. Though wolves are among the most aggressive animals in the game, bears are the most dangerous simply because of how difficult they can be to kill. Once one gets you in its sights, it can be tough to shake, but taking one down offers plenty of materials and meat as its reward. Here is everything you need to know before you hunt bears in The Long Dark. Bears in The Long Dark \u2013 where to find them and how to hunt them Image via Hinterland Studio Though they aren\u2019t generally as aggressive as wolves, bears are significantly more dangerous just because of their size and how difficult they are to kill. They are fiercely territorial creatures that will track players when they catch wind of them in their area and are surprisingly persistent in their pursuit. It is worthwhile to scout the area around you heavily for landmarks to help you find where you're going. However, there are benefits to hunting bears in The Long Dark. They offer several valuable drops, such as calorie-dense bear meat and black bear hide, which can be used to craft an improved bedroll or a Bearskin Coat. Bears can often be found roaming the wilderness, but they always have a bear den that they return to when they need to rest. These are caves or rocky outcroppings that have bones in them. Not all potential caves are inhabited in each playthrough; there is a random chance that certain ones in each map will be the home to a bear. If you happen upon an empty cave, check it for bones. Bones on the ground are a sign that a bear makes its home there and will return shortly. Each map has a certain number of bears that can spawn in it, which may be at one of several locations. Mystery Lake (1 to 2 bears spawned) Near the Unnamed PondNear Lone Lake CabinNear Trapper\u2019s Homestead Coastal Highway (2 to 3 bears spawned) In a cave slightly east of Misanthrope\u2019s HomesteadNorth of the Coastal TownsiteDownstream from Bear Creek Campground Pleasant Valley (5 to 7 bears spawned)\u00a0 North of the Long CurveTo the east of a cave that leads to the Winding RiverBeneath the rope leading up to the Signal HillNorth of the Crash Site in Pleasant ValleyNear the bridge southeast of Point of DisagreementAt the Lonely HomesteadAlong the path up to the Cinder Hills Coal Mine Desolation Point (1 bear spawned) Next to the Broken Bridge Timberwolf Mountain (3 bears spawned) Between Deer Clearing and the Waterfall CaveEast of Crystal Lake, near Echo RavineNear the river west of Andre\u2019s Peak Forlorn Muskeg (2 bears spawned) Near Poacher\u2019s CampNorthwest of the Old Spence Family Homestead Broken Railroad (1 bear spawned) At the base of the cliff below the Hunting Lodge Mountain Town (1 bear spawned) Near Spruce Falls Bridge Bleak Inlet (1 bear spawned) Just east of Cannery Worker Residence Hushed River Valley (2 bears spawned) North of the Hushed River and Offset FallsEast of the Stairsteps Lake Ash Canyon (1 bear spawned) In a cave near Miner\u2019s Folly Blackrock Region (3 bears spawned) In a clearing between Bear Bend and Forager\u2019s RemnantIn Cliff CaveIn the courtyard of Blackrock Prison How to hunt bears in The Long Dark Image via Hinterland Studio There are several strategies for how to hunt bears in The Long Dark. The safest way is to find a place where a bear can\u2019t reach you and shoot it with a ranged weapon of your choice. Any hit with a ranged weapon will cause blood loss and will ultimately be lethal to the bear, though it can take several hours for the bear to die from its wounds, depending on where it is hit and what weapon is used. A critical hit to the head or neck can be enough to kill a bear instantly, but these rely on random chance. The best bet is to wait near the bear\u2019s den and shoot it while it isn\u2019t aware of the player\u2019s presence. This will cause it to flee back to its den and, eventually, bleed to death. Once it is wounded, follow the bear from a safe distance until it dies. This can take several hours, so be sure to pack food and supplies for the wait.