Bears Are Out And About Looking For Food
The fact of the matter is that most people will never see a bear, mostly because they are basically very shy animals. But there are two times of the year when that shyness turns ugly and into aggression. Those times are late-summer or early fall when they are going into hibernation and late winter or early spring as they are coming out of hibernation. The driving force behind this change in temperament is simple-the need for food.
Recently in Colorado Springs there was a video of a bear shown rummaging through dumpsters behind a local German restaurant which made national headlines. The bear could not reach inside the dumpsters to get what he wanted. So he physically moved these gigantic dumpsters out into the parking lot, which was empty and turned them over to more easily get what he was after-food and lots of it.
The restaurant owner tried different tactics to secure his dumpsters, but that did not deter the bear from returning for three successive nights pillaging, following his sense of smell for food.
Bears have an acute sense of smell that works from as far as 2 miles away.
It is unusual to encounter a bear within most city limits, but it’s not unheard of. Most bear encounters occur in the backcountry of mountainous regions. Wherever you may spot a bear, do not try to out run it because despite their size, they are amazingly fleet of foot. And if you think shooting a bear with a handgun will protect you, the wildlife experts with the Alaska Gaming Commission will disagree.
It has been shown time and time again that a bear shot with a handgun only gets more upset.
By far the most effective bear self-defense that you can use besides Mace Bear spray that has a range up to 35 feet is to slowly back away until you are out of range. If you encounter a bear suddenly make yourself appear as big as possible by spreading your arms. If a bear overcomes you, curl up into a ball on the ground covering your head and face. If a bear thinks you are dead, he more than likely will leave you alone.
There are several things that you can do in a proactive manner that can make your home bear proof. You can start by securing all your trash cans so bears cannot get inside them. If you have a grill outside clean it, cover it, and if possible put it in your garage. A hungry bear will go for bird seed, dog food and cat food. There is no stopping a hungry bear and you don’t want to get in his way. Avoidance is the best plan of attack. Having bear spray around is the best defensive measure.
Guard Alaska Bear spray with a range of 15-20 feet has been proven to be an effective self-defense deterrent against a bear attack anywhere in the city or out in the backcountry. If you use bear pepper spray, make sure you employ it correctly. Otherwise, it may be ineffective.
The correct technique is to spray it as the bear is coming at you, creating a wall of mist that the bear will walk into. The smell will drive him crazy, but will also drive him away.
Frontiersman Bear Spray has a range of 35 feet and is very powerful with 2.0% Capsaicin and Related Capsaicinoids (CRC) strength the maximum strength allowed by the EPA.