In a fact sheet put out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entitled “bear spray versus bullets”, the fact sheet pronounces that law enforcement agents for the service have experience that supports the reality that pepper spray for bears is more effective than a handgun. Based on their investigations of human bear encounter since 1992, “persons encountering bears and defending themselves with firearms suffer injury about 50% of the time. Persons defending themselves with pepper spray escaped injury most of the time” and those who were injured experienced shorter duration attacks and less severe injuries.
Another confirmation of this is from Canadian bear biologist Dr. Stephen Herrero who did research of his own. His conclusion: “a person’s chance of incurring serious injury from a charging bear doubles when bullets are fired versus when bear spray is used.” Need we say any more?
We have been advising people to carry bear spray whenever they go into the backcountry for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting or just being in the outdoors. When you are in bear country you need to be ultra-vigilant because a bear attack can happen suddenly and without warning. But generally speaking bears are shy creatures and avoid human contact.
Knowing how to use pepper spray for bears is another matter. This 9.2 ounce canister can spray up to 35 feet away and empties completely in about five seconds. If you feel an attack is imminent, empty this Sabre brand frontiersman spray to create a wall of mist between you and the bear. That way if he continues to advance on you he will walk right into it. Bears have extremely sensitive noses and will be repelled by the smell of bear spray. The 2.0% CRC is the strongest allowable by the EPA for a bear spray. It is 40% stronger than some competitors making it the strongest bear pepper spray for bears on the marketplace.