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 discharges or badly aimed firearms can kill people, while bear spray has never caused a fatality. Bear spray leaves the bear alive, and less likely to approach humans in the future.
- Firing a warning shot from a gun may not scare a bear away, but a sprayed bear is likely to leave.
Bottom line: hunters who carry bear spray are prepared for anything.