I don't mean to be rude, and no offense to the author who posted this article, but I have to say that I think he offers some very bad advice. I don't pretend to be an authority on bears, but I would like to suggest that if you paddle, hike, or spend any time in bear country (both brown or black) that you read the book, "Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance" by Stephen Herrero.
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Posted by: johncsi on Aug-14-09 5:27 PM (EST)
An unreasonable fear of anything doesn't help the situation, but bears, like anything in the real world, must be respected if it is a threat to your or your loved ones safety. Bears can be a REAL threat to your safety. I worked one year for an outfitter in Montana, in an area with both grizzlies and large black bears. I discretely carried either a .44 pistol or short barreled shotgun with slugs. While a firearm was not the first response to bears, it is a better alternative to having to fight off an attacking bear with your hands.