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Backpacking Light Magazine (Print) PDF Reprint - The Lighter Side of Bear Deterrents


Backpacking Light Magazine (Print) PDF Reprint - The Lighter Side of Bear Deterrents

PDF reprint of a nonauthoritative, tongue-in-cheek treatise on what works best for bear deterrence: bear bells/air horns, human voice/sound, bear spray, guns, or prayer.

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Originally Published In: Issue 8, Fall 2007

PDF reprint of a nonauthoritative, tongue-in-cheek treatise on what works best for bear deterrence:  bear bells/air horns, human voice/sound, bear spray, guns, or prayer from Backpacking Light Magazine (Print Version).

  • Title: The Lighter Side of Bear Deterrents
  • Author: Ryan Jordan
  • Word Count: 1,559
  • Images: 1 Photo, 1 Illustration

Abstract

A bear deterrent is defined herein as a device or method used to prevent or halt the progress of a charging grizzly bear. Your options are limited to the following list of both practical and ridiculous items:
  • Bear bells and air horns
  • Human voice and sound
  • Bear spray
  • Guns
  • Prayer   
You’ll have to make your own judgment about which items are more effective than others. I do hope that this short article motivates you to do more research on the topic. Keep in mind that my opinions here are based primarily on personal experience, anecdotal evidence, and bias, secondarily on outside research, and with a bit of hunch thrown in for good measure. It is intended only as a cursory and lighthearted overview of your options and not as an authoritative review of the topic.

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