When hiking in bear country, it is recommended that each hiker carry his or her own can of pepper spray. If a bear attacks, you will be happy if you have already practiced these six tips:
1.) Have your can of bear pepper spray readily accessible. Wear it in a holster on your hip or shoulder strap of backpack. Don’t pack it away inside your fanny back or backpack – you will have only seconds to get at it, if needed.
2.) Use bear pepper spray only in up-close confrontations with a bear. Pepper spray is not to be used as a deterrent like mosquito spray. Don’t spray it around your tent – it will not “ward off” the bears.
3.) Remove the safety, aim between the eyes of the bear and give the bear at least a five second blast.
4.) Keep backing up as you shoot the spray
5.) Don’t close your eyes – you need to keep a good aim on the bear’s face.
6.) Don’t turn your back to the bear. Back out of the situation slowly.
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