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Old 08-24-2011, 10:36 AM   #31
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You answered your own question. Glad you had an incident free trip. I brought Bear Spray for our trip to Alaska. Still have it. Un-used.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:40 AM   #32
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What about a Beer spray? I would buy one
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:08 AM   #33
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Gotta watch out for the beers actually, pretty fierce in mating season. This is on a t-shirt I have;

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #34
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If you're going somewhere bears actually are you'd be crazy to try and save $30. Sort of like not wearing a helmet when you ride since you've never needed one yet.

Bear spray is a lifesaver. Bears are predators, a running man is a target.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:02 PM   #35
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Okay I have some first hand experience seeing a problem brown bear being pepper sprayed at the camp ground beside the Eagle plains hotel on the Dempster this June. The camp ground attendent sprayed the bear in the face from about 20 ft, guess what the bear did? He just shook his head and kept walking around looking at all the campers. So the attendent sprayed him a second time from about 15ft and it produced the same reaction which was almost like the bear was not spryed at all!!! So 10 minutes later the attendent came out with a rifle and that put an end to the bear spray issue.
So I do not have a good opinion of bear spray effectivness!!

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:17 AM   #36
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If you were in sight of someone discharging bear spray and didn't suffer any consequences then they weren't using bear spray.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:12 PM   #37
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Was a 100meters away and up wind so did not suffer, being Canadian and living near bears for all my life I dont see why there is such a big deal about bear spray? I quess its the new culture of fear that the government and media is trying to lay on us all! If it makes you feel safe great.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:33 AM   #38
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How soon does bear spray expire?
I have to buy some for a trip next week, and I'd like to not to have to get a new can for a couple years at least ... guess I can just leave it with the people I'm going with who head out in to bear country more often than I'm likely to.
Or I could wait 'til it's almost expired then use it on my eggs. :)
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:33 AM   #39
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Man I feel lied to now! All this time I felt that Bear mace was the baddest of all the sprays and now your telling me that it does not work Cal? What a bummer...
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #40
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Hmmm - I didnt see bears listed on wasp / Hornet spray label. Its a very mild (0.4% active ingredient synthetic pyrethroid) neurotoxin formulated for insects (Hymenoptera specifically) that works quickly on a 0.1 gram bug - wouldnt think so good on a 500+ lb bear. It will likely burn eyes & mucosal tissue - (more from petroleum distillates than insecticide) but absurd to think it will be IMMEDIATELY effective for large, potentially dangerous mammals. Bear spray (as long as its labeled specifically for BEARS) is fine in Canada - no issues. I have been victim of an "idiotic discharge" (Thankfully NOT a .45!) by 2% UDAP spray being tested by my brother in a 25 mph wind. (BTW: only good for about 20' in moderate "facing" wind) DOH !! Only consolation, he was more seriously affected than I. I can tell you it's quite effective (even just the disbursed mist - not full on cloud) in its capacity to incapacitate. I was very docile for about 10 mins. - Though fraticide was a consideration after. There are numerous articles on fallacy of wasp spray for bears. I would encourage anyone so inclined, to read & heed, before deciding if thats a good idea. TTFN, j
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:04 PM   #41
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I've visited Canada several times in the past two years and been asked whether I was carrying pepper spray every time. No mention of bear spray, so I said, "No." My bear spray, which I got at REI, says, "Made in Canada".
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #42
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Many Canadians (and others travelling there) have said that "pepper spray" is not allowed into Canada, but if it is labeled "bear spray" it is just fine. Same stuff, different purpose.

The wasp spray might not even kill a bear if it were swimming in it. Like jphish said, wasp spray is a poison specifically designed to destroy the nerves on insects.

Bear spray won't kill the bear, but it will make attacking you so unpleasant that no sane bear would hang around. An insane human might be another story...
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