How Effective is Bear Spray vs a gun or rifle?
Research on the effectiveness of Bear Spray vs. a Firearm in a Bear Encounter
A study on the efficacy of bear deterrent spray was conducted in Alaska. 83 cases involving the use of bear spray in Alaska between 1985 and 2006 were analyzed. Results showed that in over 90% of close-range encounters with black and brown bears, spray stopped the bear’s undesirable behavior.