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Bear Spray Probably Saved This Trail Runner’s Life

Bear spray works on more than just bears.

Donny Stone had two unwelcome visitors while out in the wild recently. Cougars were stalking him for an unknown amount of time and eventually made their move. Luckily he had seen them earlier, and had the safety off. He caught them in the corner of his eye and was able to unleash the spray, which worked. Check out out close it was in the gif below:

If you live in an area where any wild animal is a legitimate threat, and you’re in a remote area bring bear spray.

Follow this advice from the National Park Service:

Remember:

  • Keep it readily accessible: bear spray must be immediately accessible in a quick draw holster, not stored in your pack.
  • You don’t have to be a good shot with bear spray. All you need to do is put up a cloud of bear spray between you and the charging bear. Precise aiming is not necessary.
  • Practice first: use an inert bear spray to practice quick drawing bear spray from its holster, removing the safety tab with your thumb, and firing. Practice firing inert bear spray with the wind at your back, into a head wind, and with a cross-wind so that you understand how bear spray is affected by the wind.

If a Bear Charges You

  • Remove the safety clip
  • Aim slightly downward and adjust for crosswind
  • Begin spraying when the charging bear is 30-60 feet (10-20 yards) away
  • Spray at the charging bear so that the bear must pass through a cloud of spray

If the Bear Continues to Charge

  • Keep spraying until the bear changes direction
  • Spray into the bear’s face
  • Leave the area promptly after use: after you spray a bear with bear spray you should promptly leave the area as the effects of the bear spray will eventually wear off
  • Once discharged, it is difficult to tell how much spray remains in the canister. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for canister replacement or disposal.

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