When you are in the woods and you hear a bear coming, there is a way to tell what kind of bear is after you without looking. Soooo, you don’t have time to look if you are at a full sprint but remember, the average ticked off bear can gallop at 25 mph and will overtake you in seconds which bears (pun intended) the question, what do I do? Curl up in a ball exposing your back while protecting your face and softer parts like your belly? Nope, you’ll present yourself as a chew toy and batting ball for the bear and you still can’t tell what kind of bear it is without exposing your face. So here is what you do; climb a tree. If the bear climbs up after you and eats you, it is a black bear. If the bear knocks down the tree and then eats you, it is a grizzly bear.
Here is an article from Western Wildlife Outreach on bear identification: