If I carry a firearm, do I still need to carry bear spray?

In an aggressive encounter with a bear, studies show that even if you are a firearms’ expert, bear spray offers several advantages. It’s much easier to hit a moving target with bear spray, especially when you’re under stress. An accidental or inaccurate shot can seriously injure or kill someone, and a warning shot may not scare the bear away. Since bears have great memories and learn quickly from experiences, spraying and deterring a threatening bear may make that bear less likely to approach people again.

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