A Bear and a Can of MACE

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
posted by SmartStun 1:08 PM

Let’s face it, none of us wants to come face to face with an angry bear.  But, more and more, people are having bear encounters as humans continue to encroach onto the bears’ native habitat.  Whether you live near a stream or river, near woods or in the mountains, you have to be cognizant that a bear encounter and ensuing attack is possible.

I stress to hikers who frequent those types of areas to always carry a can of bear mace.  It’s better to have it and not need than to need it and not have it.  But, more than just hikers need to carry.  Homeowners or cabin owners need to be prepared, as well.  Think about taking the trash out and coming face to face with a hungry bear who is rummaging through your trash cans.  It happens far more often than you might think.  Our local newspaper regularly has articles where homeowners have had an encounter with a bear while the homeowner was simply milling around their property.  A can of Bear Mace is a smart investment.


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