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

There are several important differences between bear spray and pepper spray. Bear spray is much stronger, covers a larger area and works from much farther away. Bear spray has a range of 20 to 40 feet, depending on the brand, the size of the can and current weather conditions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measures the amount of capsaicin and related capsaicinoids in bear spray and pepper spray. Bear deterrent typically contains 2% capsaicin and related capsaicinoids; level one and level two pepper sprays have less than 1%; the strongest pepper spray has only 1.33%.

Bear spray is more highly regulated by the EPA to ensure it is both effective and humane.

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