Bear Spray vs Pepper Spray

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There is conflicting information on the Internet. One article says that the active ingredient in bear spray is lower in concentration than in pepper spray. Most disagree with this as bear spray was developed to fend against bears by increasing the concentration beyond that of pepper spray. Bear spray has proved to be very effective in making bears take off into the forest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_spray

Bear spray should not be left in a hot automobile. It might explode. It should not be allowed to expire. Some national parks allow you to rent bear spray if you are going into the back country. Try to avoid bears rather than challenge them.

I live in the west and have been to the national parks here many times. When I came home on leave before I went to Korea in 1951, tourist were chasing a black bear with there cameras. I mentioned how foolish they were to a carpenter working in the cabins. He said, “Don’t worry, they will be back!” Then all the folks came running back with the bear on their tails.

If bears are considered a nuisance in camping areas, they will be removed by the park service. Don’t tangle with bears.

I was fishing in Alaska a couple of years ago with my sons and grandson. We were prepared for bear. We never saw one.

BEAR SPRAY IS NOT LIKE MOSQUITO SPRAY. DON’T SPRAY IT ON YOURSELF OR CLOTHING. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. AIM AT THE BEAR AND GIVE HIM A FEW SECONDS OF SPRAY. ALSO READ THE RULES FOR BEHAVIOR AROUND BEARS. READ THIS ARTICLE:

http://www.mountainnature.com/wildlife/bears/bearencounters.htm

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