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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. Bear Spray Research on Effectiveness of Bear Spray Efficacy of Firearms in a Bear Encounter For self defense against grizzly bears, the answer isn't as obvious.  Many are surprised when they find that, despite using their firearm against a charging...

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As we head into mid September, it's important that we take extra wildlife cautions. Bears are busy putting on the extra winter calories and Elk are typically heading to lower elevations and will start their rut within the next couple of weeks.  Bull Elks are particularly more aggressive at this time of the season.     Here's some more information on Elk safety:  Elk Safety article 1 Elk Safety article 2 Be Outdoors.  Be Prepared.

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As we continue our social distancing while enjoying the outdoors and the mental health the outdoors brings, it's important that we remember to stay safe in bear country and carry bear spray.  Travelling in smaller groups to keep our social distances makes carrying bear spray even more essential.  Especially at this time of year when bears are coming out of hibernation looking for food. So, what's the difference in bears?   Black bears can be black, blue-black, dark brown, brown, cinnamon and even white. Grizzlies can range from from black to blond. Size is not a good indicator of which species is which....

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It's important to be prepared for wildlife encounters with Elk especially at this time of year.  Its common that we hear of someone biking or walking near Elk only to surprise an Elk calf lying in the grass out of site which puts Mom Elk on the defensive.  Be outdoors and be prepared for all wildlife encounters as you venture out.   Here's a recent article on an Elk encounter:  Elk Knocks Down Hiker in Canmore area  

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Very excited for the mental health and further enjoyment of the outdoors opening more parks will bring as Parks Canada continues to open up the parks.  If you're wondering what parks are opening in your area, here's the full list of Parks across Canada.    Parks Canada Full List of Parks Reopening including special instructions Hotels in Banff, Alberta What's open in Banff, Alberta Be Outdoors.  Be Prepared.

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