John, the tasers you are talking about are the ones that embed probes in the victim and shoot electricity down those wires into the victim. The tasers I'm talking about are wireless and are not as powerful as the ones police use but I'm curious about whether or not they'd scare the animal away.
I agree humans should not hurt bears but I also agree bears should not hurt humans and I believe we have a God-given right to protect ourselves - the problem with bear sprays are many (they degrade, they are not field-rechargeable (if the spray is used), they are not ultralight, and not best used upwind, or inside a tent). The lightweight, pocket taser I saw useful on dogs use lithium batteries, and might just be a useful deterrent. I'm interesting in an effective deterrent, not a harmful weapon.
Note this story:
Here's an interesting story:
The excerpt below is from http://home.nps.gov/applications/morningreport/morningreportold.cfm
(pull down Sep 17, 2007 - this URL always shows the current date by default)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Man Bitten By Bear Near Mist Falls In Kings Canyon
A 65-year-old man was bitten by a bear in Kings Canyon National Park on the afternoon of Thursday, September 6th. The man had been sleeping on a rock near Mist Falls, a four-mile hike from Roads End in Cedar Grove. He was awakened by other visitors who were yelling to him to warn him that he was being approached by a bear. As he sat up, the bear bit his right thigh, causing numerous puncture wounds. The man yelled and swatted the bear, but the bear did not leave the immediate area. Several people helped scare it away. Ten days before the incident, warning signs were posted at the Roads End Ranger Station following reports of a small bear approaching people near Mist Falls. Wilderness rangers looked for the bear on several occasions, but could not find it. On Saturday, this yearling female bear was found, tranquilized and euthanized by bear management staff. The man’s injury was treated by park medics at Roads End. He then went to Sierra Kings Hospital for further treatment. [Submitted by Alexandra Picavet, Public Affairs Specialist]