recent death of Glenda has made many hikers uneasy. Guns are illegal
in most hiking areas including the Smokies. Most experts agree that
guns are not the best defense against Black Bears. EPA approved
Bear spray is considered the most effective weapon against a charging
bear. Spraying a cloud of this heavy duty pepper spray into the
path of a charging bear will turn back an agitated bear. Bear sprays
must be between 1.0% and 2.0% Capsaicin and related capsaicinoids
in order to be effective. Common pepper spray found in
department stores are virtually ineffective for this purpose.
use pepper spray that is designed for repelling bears. This is to
be used only as a last resort and is no substitute for common sense.
It is important to remember that the "Bear Spray" is not
100 percent effective and does not work in all cases. Be sure to
purchase a hip holster in order to have the spray accessible at
Sprays canisters should contain at least 7 ounces of pepper material,
be approved by the EPA, have a hip holster for easy access and be
able to spray a dense cloud at least 10 to 15 feet.
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