What’s the difference between bear spray and pepper spray?

There are several differences between bear spray and pepper spray: You can expect bear spray to shoot farther than regular pepper spray and cover a wider area. Most bear sprays shoot 20 to 30 [...]

I already carry a gun when I hunt. Do I still need to carry bear spray?

When a bear attacks, bear spray offers several advantages over a firearm: Bear spray requires less accuracy than bullets fired at a moving target, especially when you’re under stress. Accidental [...]

Is bear spray dangerous?

Treat bear spray exactly as you would a loaded handgun. Bear spray in your face causes involuntary eye closure and pain for up to 45 minutes. At very close range, the pressure can cause permanent [...]

Is bear spray just for grizzlies?

No. Any species of bear can become pushy or assertive, especially when cubs are involved or if the bear has become accustomed to human food or garbage. Bear spray may also successfully deter [...]

How do I buy bear spray?

Bear spray is available in many outdoor, hunting and sporting goods stores. You can also order it online. Canisters labeled “pepper spray,” may not have the correct concentration of ingredients. [...]

Does bear spray really work?

Yes! In a study of bear spray incidents in Alaska, spray effectively deterred undesirable behavior more than 90% of the time. In 72 incidents involving 175 people, only three people were harmed, [...]

What is bear spray?

Bear spray is a powerful deterrent made of capsaicin (the “hot” in hot peppers), which, when used correctly, can deter bear attacks. Bear spray inflames the bear’s eyes and upper respiratory [...]

Myth: Black bears that wander into campsites, towns or cottage communities are dangerous.

Many people in the Southeastern U.S. live in or near black bear habitat. Bears often walk through neighborhoods in their search for food; this is natural bear behavior. If people have stored [...]

Myth: A mother black bear with cubs is always dangerous

It’s rare for mother black bears to attack a person in defense of cubs, because her cubs can climb trees when they feel threatened. When they are up in a tree she knows they are safe. Your best [...]

Myth: Play dead during a black bear attack.

Playing dead is ALWAYS the wrong action if a black bear attacks you.  Instead, fight for your life. Kick, punch, hit the bear with rocks or sticks or any improvised weapon you can find.  A bear [...]

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