quote:Still, the study contains an important caveat about the use of bear spray. Researchers found 11 incidents where bear spray applied to objects like tents, with the intent to repel bears, backfired and attracted them.
ahh, backcountry condiments!
bears actually like the scent of pepper spray. the reason that the canister sprays are effective is because of the concentration of active ingredients in the initial blast(s). when i worked on the kicking horse resort (part of home turf to at least a dozen wild bears) we'd often see an animal return to the area that some poor sod had sprayed during their 'encounter', and roll in it. it was like the stuff was catnip for them!
personally, i don't carry anything, firearm or spray, and because of behavioral conditioning, bells seem to be a bit of a joke these days. in 30 years i've never seen a bear closer than 30 feet, and mutual "leave me be" has been enough.
yes, i count myself fortunate, as being a hunter, i don't tend to make a lot of noise when i'm out, by habit.
if i had to pick one though, i'd go with double ought, any day. they sting like hell at far greater distances than sprays, and i already know how to use a shotgun.
training is one factor that article didn't mention...