Grizzly Bear Agencies Encourage Hunters to Carry Bear Spray
Posted December 6, 2013
Hunter education took a big step in the right direction for grizzly bears this year when the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) released two bear spray videos earlier this fall – a demonstration of the proper use of bear spray and a Public Service Announcement. Both videos point out that bear spray stopped grizzly bears 92% of the time and prevented injury 98% of the time, making bear spray the best protection for hunters and for bears.
As grizzly bear populations in the United States continue to recover and bears expand into more areas, it becomes increasingly important to minimize, reduce, and prevent conflicts between grizzly bears and people. Practical steps like carrying bear spray, traveling in groups, and securing food and garbage make a big difference.
These bear spray videos go a long way to help people recreate safely in grizzly country and to encourage coexistence with bears. It’s great to see the IGBC creating and promoting such good educational material.
(Photo: Christine Wilcox)
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