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Old 04-03-2014, 11:03 PM   #51
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I'll add my two cents worth having lived in bear country. We moved to our country home outside Thunder Bay and put our garbage outside in these 2x4 constructed garbage bins the previous owners left us and bears would come and pull off the wood and grab the bags pulling them through the holes making a mess as they went. We also had compost bins for which we didn't have to stir the contents because the bears would come and knock them over and help themselves to the rotting contents. My wife still likes the tell the story of running around and around our house in a nightdress either chasing or being chased by a bear. We quickly learned to put garbage in the garage with closed door and to be noisy when hiking in our woods

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These are the kinds of tales that are best told around a crackling fire while others nervously watch the nether dark regions of the campsite for bruins lurking in the forest
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Which reminds me of the tale told by a friend of mine.
His family was sitting around the camp fire singing camp songs. He got out his camera and shot a picture of the kids. When he got the pictures back from the drug store ( some while ago ). There were a large pair of eyes, lit up by the flash, behind the kids.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #54
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Which reminds me of the tale told by a friend of mine.
His family was sitting around the camp fire singing camp songs. He got out his camera and shot a picture of the kids. When he got the pictures back from the drug store ( some while ago ). There were a large pair of eyes, lit up by the flash, behind the kids.
The woods always has "eyes"!
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Just purchased large can of bear spray at Mountain Equipment Coop to replace expired can. Had to fill in a form with name, address and phone number and show ID. Cost was $37.50 plus tax.
Picked up a six pack of bear bangers at the same time, $16.75.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:18 PM   #56
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...Picked up a six pack of bear bangers at the same time, $16.75.
That is close to the price of a six pack of Canadian beer. I think I will go for the beers and take my chances with the bears.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:19 PM   #57
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What's the registration about? Does Canada consider bear spray a weapon that could be used in a crime? Or to help figure out who's bloody clothing belongs to that half empty can of bear spray?
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Well, you have to sign for pesticides so...
Anyway, I filled in the form and the sales person took the spray etc. to cash ( presumably so I couldn't use it to rob the store ).
I think it's mostly to ensure that you've read the instruction and know how to use it.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:10 PM   #59
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Thanks Glenn,
I have a bottle of bear spray that is at least 10 years and it may be a dud by now.
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This is a pretty interesting site :Bear Deterrents | www.bearsmart.com It seems to have a lot of good information.

Interesting quote: According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, law enforcement agents and experienced hunters who use firearms to defend themselves suffer injury about 50 per cent of the time, while people defending themselves with bear spray escape injury most of the time and injuries that did occur were less severe (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). University of Calgary's Dr. Stephen Herrero found similar results. This is why bear spray is often carried in the backcountry by biologists, professional guides and hikers/campers.

One of the other things they talk about are this pocket size sound horns:Amazon.com: Falcon Safety Super Sound Horn: Sports & Outdoors
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