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Old 04-02-2014, 02:57 PM   #11
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You can take bear spray freely back and forth between Canada and the US, no problem. Just ge up front to the border folks and tell them you have it. Just be upfront with the border folks and tell them you have it. Please be aware there is a difference between bear spray for defense against bears and pepper spray for defense against people. The latter could get you into trouble. It is most likely cheaper to buy in the states versus here in Canada.

I agree with Baglo that if you have to use it, you are too close, so always practice bear aware. We do carry it but have never had to use it.

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Old 04-02-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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My singing on the trails will scare away any bear!!!

We do have "bear bells" and use them when hiking in Manning... We didn't bother with anything in Yellowstone or Yosemite--mind you we aren't "miles and miles" hikers either..

Once we saw a wolverine on the trails--far enough away and we let him have his space and turned around and went the other way..
Usually I guess we are loud enough to warn them we are coming.. Although quiet enough to see the birds..
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:33 PM   #13
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Not sure if the following attribution is correct.

After a number of attacks on hikers and campers in Alaska, the Department of Fish and Game released the following advisory:

We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.

Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between Black Bear and Grizzly Bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop has little bells in it and smells like pepper.


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Old 04-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #14
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My wife and I hike a lot in BC and Alberta and each carry with us bear spray on a holster attached to our backpack hip belt. The BC Ministry of Forest staff carry bear spray when in the field. We purchase from outdoor shops including Mountain Equipment Coop and replace when they reach their expiry date. We have come across black and grizzly bears when hiking and never used the spray but glad we had it. While it is likely you will never see or come across a bear, there is a chance even on popular trails in the Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper areas you will. Alberta Parks has on-line information that should be read for anyone who visits the backcountry:Kananaskis Country - Advisories & Public Safety - Be Bear Smart
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Once took a guided boat ride/hiking tour from Many Glacier hotel across Swiftcurrent Lake and up through the woods to a small Glacier. Our guide advised us if when on the trail we should encounter a griz the best thing we should do is all gather tightly around him in a group hug, and make lots of noise. Glacier NP is known bear country but we never got that hug.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #16
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So what is the difference between pepper spray meant for a bear and that meant for a human? If I can easily find it in Canada I think I'll buy it there, even if it does cost more. I don't want any trouble at the border. Speaking of which, (kind of), just how much more is a liter of booze in Canada than in the US? How about the beer, (for which Canada is so famous), is it priced reasonably in the great north?
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:22 PM   #17
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So what is the difference between pepper spray meant for a bear and that meant for a human? If I can easily find it in Canada I think I'll buy it there, even if it does cost more. I don't want any trouble at the border. Speaking of which, (kind of), just how much more is a liter of booze in Canada than in the US? How about the beer, (for which Canada is so famous), is it priced reasonably in the great north?
Bring lots of booze with you. There are lots of good microbreweries across the country, and some good wines to try in BC and Ontario, but bring as much as you are allowed in the hard stuff you would like to buy. Our booze is heavily taxed.
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Last fall on a trip to Banff and Jasper we were interested in doing backcountry hiking. A number of the hiking trails that we wanted to hike were restricted to four or more persons walking in a tight group. Then there were a number of trails that required at least one person in the group to have a bear spray. And there were also a number of trails that were completely closed to humans because of bear activity.

Even with the restriction we were able to hike five backcountry routes. We did carry a bell fastened to our backpack, in the hopes of warning the bear. Eric, it was a Swiss bell and because of that we never saw a bear.
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Hi: Ray N. I don't like pepper on my bear...just some salt and horse radish on the side. Alf
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Ahhh, a dinner bell for the bear.
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