Bears are still up
Bears are still up. Wildlife experts are still hearing reports of bear sightings, bear scat in backyards etc. as early as this week.
We recommend keeping bear spray on you all year for general wildlife safety. However, if you're trying to decide if you should carry bear spray as you venture outdoors, the bears are still up.
In winter months, research suggests bear spray works best when it's kept warmer (in a sleeping bag or under your jacket). It may not be as quick to reach, however it's better then not having it.
If you're interested in more research on bear spray performance in different weather conditions visit: Investigation of Factors Influencing Bear Spray Performance.
Be Outdoors. Be Prepared.