I just read the tragic story of the bear mauling of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park. It is impossible to know whether the man could have been saved had he been carrying something to repel the bear attack. Bear spray is something one should consider bringing along when in the deep woods. Although it is rare for something like this to happen, it does make one wonder if it doesn't make sense to prepare for the unexpected when entering into their habitat.
The man apparently surprised a mother bear with her cubs. The mother bear did what is natural in those circumstances, protect her family. This is not only an issue when traveling in our national parks but increasingly a problem in our communities. I live in Connecticut and there was a recent article with an Animal Control Officer about the increase in bear sightings locally. As developments take more and more open space, the wild animals are coming into contact with humans more frequently. Black bears have been reported in trees, on lawns, busy roadways and even a bear cooling off in an in ground swimming pool. Bird feeders, garbage cans and outdoor grills are big attractions for bears. No bear attacks have been reported locally this year but with the frequency of sightings in our neighborhoods, doesn't it make sense to have something at home that can repel a bear if need be?
If you are on a trail and come across a bear, you should not pursue it. Some bears can run 35 mph so they can also easily out run you. You want to create space, make yourself look large (raise your arms up) as bears have poor eyesight, and make noise so the bear knows that you are human. When camping or at home, trash containers are available which are bear proof. If there is no food source for the bears, they will move on to greener pastures.
So although odds are against a bear attack happening to you, the increasing incidences of contact with them should make us consider having something close at hand to protect yourself from them. It is a small price to pay for added safety.
There are several bear sprays on the market. Mace Bear Spray can spray up to 30 feet. Guard Alaska Bear Spray is the only one registered with the EPA as being a repellant for all species of bear. Another advantage of the Guard Alaska brand is that is has no expiration date. It also can work on wet bears, like the one in the swimming pool, because the specific gravity of the spray is heavier than water.
Author: Daniel E Fiore
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