What Is Bear Spray?

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From a recent article about what to look for in a bear spray.

“Two grizzly-caused deaths near Yellowstone National Park this summer, combined with celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna’s bear spray encounter in Glacier National Park and the recent PBS documentary recounting the 1967 “Night of the Grizzlies” incident, have made bear protection a priority for backcountry visitors.

“Everyone sees the price of the big cans, and they ask, ‘Can’t I get a smaller one?’ ” Army Navy Economy Store manager Eric Langhammer said. This starts the ongoing discussion of what bear spray is and is not.

The first issue is that while bear sprays are a kind of pepper spray, not all pepper sprays are bear sprays. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies only four manufacturers (including two in Montana) to make “bear spray.”

“When you say pepper spray, it is misleading,” said Tim Lynch of Universal Defense Alternative Products, the Bozeman-based bear spray maker. “Law enforcement spray is pepper spray, but it isn’t considered bear spray. You want people to pick up the correct product.”

The difference involves what’s in the can and how it’s meant to be used. Chemicals like Mace and other tear gas-type sprays have little effect on bears. The ingredient you’re looking for is oleoresin of capsicum, an extremely potent essence of chili peppers.

The second part involves how the spray is delivered. Bear sprays aren’t meant to be squirted directly on an oncoming bear. Instead, the idea is to throw up a misty wall of irritants for the bear to run into.

“When a bear decides to charge, it’s gathering information as it charges,” said Chuck Bartlebaugh, who heads the Be Bear Aware campaign for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. “What it hears, sees, smells – it’s all part of the charge. Bear spray removes their focus. They don’t like losing their ability to smell and see. They don’t like the whooshing noise and the orange cloud.”

Some thought should go into the spraying action, too. Bartlebaugh demonstrated how one-handed use of a canister’s thumb-trigger tends to tilt the spray upward. The suggested tactic is to aim flat or down at a space between you and the bear, preferably at least 25 feet away. That helps ensure the bear runs into the cloud instead of under it.

Bear spray canisters fire a shotgun pattern cloud that travels out like long-distance wasp spray. But sprayers still need to be aware of wind direction and rain, which can limit the spray’s range. Some of the manufacturers are still disputing how long and far the cans should discharge.

Nevertheless, a 2006 study found that only 2 percent of those using bear spray in a bear attack were injured, compared to 50 percent of those who depended on a firearm to defend themselves.

“We have a whole generation of people thinking it’s OK to approach bears,” Bartlebaugh said. “In shark country, if you holler ‘shark,’ everyone gets out of the water. In the bear world, if you holler ‘bear,’ everybody runs into the woods.”

Keep your eye on the ball and get the right product that will protect you.

Our Frontiersman Bear Spray is one of only a few bear sprays that is EPA approved and will shoot up to 35 feet away.

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Bears Are Getting Ready For Hibernation-With Your Food

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With the recent bear attacks around British Columbia come warnings that at this time of year the animals are trying to fatten up for their dormant winter months.

In Whistler on Sunday, a black bear had to be destroyed after it got into a home and knocked down a resident.

In another incident, a grizzly bear badly mauled a hunter in the northeastern town of Hudson’s Hope, a tiny community about 100 kilometres west of Fort St. John.

In both cases the bear was trying to access human food.

The rest of the story is HERE.

“We are coming in to the highest conflict time of the year,” said Whistler’s Sylvia Dolson, the executive director of the Get Bear Smart Society.

Dolson said as the bears try to bulk up for winter, they will come down from the mountains looking for an easy food source.

“The real critical thing is bears will go after household garbage, bird seed, pet food, fruit trees and when there is a human food source, that is when the trouble starts,” she said.

The shooting of the black bear in Whistler happened after the bear entered a home in Whistler Kay Heights and then became trapped inside. It caused considerable damage and knocked one of the residents down as it tried to get it out.

“Once they get into a house they can do quite a bit of damage,” added Dolson.

“The worst is when they figure out that food is in the home,” she said. “When they know the food is in there it is a huge problem.”

She said a black bear at this time of year is foraging to fill up on about 20,000 calories a day.

“At this point they are in an exaggerated eating mode,” she said.

This summer, a black bear had to be killed in Whistler in July, and Dolson said the number is low because the bears had a good food sources higher up in the mountains.

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Always carry the most Powerful Bear Spray available with you whenever you go into the backcountry. Even the Sierra Club endorses the use of bear pepper spray. It has been proven to be much more effective than even a handgun. A bear wounded by a handgun can become even more dangerous. Whereas a bear that walks into a fog of bear spray will make a hasty retreat.

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Don’t Sensationalize Truth About Bears

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In a video about a Colorado bear attack, the reporter said, “The man, by all accounts, is lucky to be alive.”

This op-ed piece accompanied the video and reads as follows.

“This is groundless fear-mongering, something the media uses instead of proper reporting. And, sadly, something that our wildlife agencies encourage.

The truth is less sensational and far less likely to garner taxpayers’ money.

If that bear had intended to kill the man, he’d be dead. But black bears are not aggressive by their very nature, fatal attacks are very rare and 90 percent of those are in the woodlands where the human has intruded on the bear’s habitat.”

The rest of the story is HERE.

“You are 74 million times more likely to die by any other cause than a black bear attack near an urban center, 3,000 times more likely to be shot and 270 times more like to be killed by a hunter. This year as many Americans have been killed by beavers as black bears, 35 times as many by deer, 75 times as many by lightning strikes and 10 times more killed by horses.”

Why do our wildlife agencies promote sensationalism? Simple economics: they are desperate for funding and there’s always money for public safety, perceived or real.”

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Much of what the story says is true. Bears are actually afraid of humans unless they are encroaching on their territory or there is food or cubs involved. The best way to defend yourself against a bear attack is with one of our bear sprays like this Frontiersman Bear Spray that has the longest range of any bear spray in the marketplace-between 30 and 35 feet.

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Seven People Attacked By Bears

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It is rare that bears attack humans unless the animal feels threatened or is being territorial. However, a girl who is 12-years old and was jogging in Michigan became the latest attack victim in a number of bear attacks. The attacks have been in five states with seven people injured since last Thursday.

Officials are in the process of running tests on one bear killed by authorities to see if it is the same one responsible for mauling Abby Wetherell Thursday evening.

The youngster is from Michigan and was on her nightly jog when a black bear ambushed her. Her mother said while the girl was jogging on her way home, the bear come from nowhere and attacked her.

The girl was knocked to the ground and when she tried to get up the bear started to charge her.

The rest of the story is HERE.

She was unsure what to do at that time since she was severely injured, so she played dead.

Officials also announced that attacks had taken place in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and as far north as Alaska.

The incident in Michigan was very uncommon said officials. It is estimated that up to 10,000 bears live in Michigan but each year there are only on average two incidents of human to bear, said animal officials in the state.

A member of the Department of Natural Resources in Michigan said that in general black bears are fearful of all human and usually will leave if they are aware a human are nearby.

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This Frontiersman Bear Spray has a range of 30 feet making it the best long range defense against bears.

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Black Bear Sighting, Neighbors Warned To Be Cautious

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This is a story of a black bear roaming a neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. It seems the longer the bear wandered around the more people followed it which only made the bear more anxious and possibly more aggressive.

You can read the rest of the story HERE.

Every year about this time people go into the mountains to look at the beautiful foliage as leaves change color. It is an annual spectacle that is not to be missed. If you do choose to go to the mountains besides bringing food for your picnic and the kids make sure you bring some Bear Spray. It has been shown to be more effective than the handgun in self-defense against a bear attack.

One of the best defenses against bear attacks can be an effective bear spray. But you have to know how to use it and when to use it.

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Bear Attacks Woman In Her Backyard

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This is a story about how a bear attacked a woman in her own yard. The woman’s grandson alerted her to the fact that a bear was there. She went out and started banging pots and pans together to scare the bear away. The bear took several swipes at her and was chased off by a neighbor who shot at the bear.

You can read the rest of the story HERE.

Especially this time of the year when bears have come out of hibernation they are aggressive and looking for food.

That’s where Bear Pepper Spray can come in handy. It isn’t just for hikers, campers who go into the back country. Anyone who lives in an area with bears nearby should know that bears can encroach into a backyard very easily. Mace pepper spray and guard Alaska bear spray are two effective bear sprays. They’re both EPA approved which means they have the minimum amount of 9.2 ounces in the container.